Cover of: Shaggy muses | Maureen B. Adams

Shaggy muses

the dogs who inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Emily Brontë

1st ed.

Published by Ballantine Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Move over Marley. Make room for Carlo (Emily Dickinson's giant Newfoundland). Or Flush (Elizabeth Barrett Browning's golden cocker spaniel). Or, maybe, Keeper (Emily Bronte's intimidating mastiff mix). In self-contained chapters of "Shaggy Muses," the work of each author is viewed intimately within the context of the canine companions who provided love, comfort and inspiration." - Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor, The Chicago Tribune "With this book, Adams has created a niche that will thrill those who love literature, biography and dogs." - Bark Magazine "Dog lovers and literary groupies alike will adore SHAGGY MUSES." -Bookpage "These concise biographies are affecting and engaging." -Kirkus Reviews"Written with lively, accessible prose, this absorbing, wholly unique book is a must-read for literature- and dog-lovers alike." -Booklist"Lovers of both dogs and classic writers will identify with this sweet, quirky book." -Publishers Weekly "An intimate look into the lives of famous women authors whose lives were more difficult than we would ever have imagined. Their dogs helped them to survive and create their great works of classic English literature. Lovers of literature and all of those interested in the human/animal bond should read this fascinating book." -- Temple Grandin , author of Animals in Translation "I so enjoyed SHAGGY MUSES. It manages very successfully to bring into focus exactly why these dogs were important to these writers--an intriguing mixture of providing some with confidence, some with love, some with protection and all of them with a curious sense of identification with another spirit which, sometimes, fuelled their writing. No mean feat." -- Margaret Forster, author of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The Life and Loves of a Poet"Adams, a clinical psychologist, explores the many roles - companions, objects of affection, witnesses, protectors, guides - these dogs played in their owners' lives and their appearances in their work. How charming to visualize delicate Emily Dickinson with amiable Carlo, her Newfoundland, living their lives in Amherst, or Edith Wharton, traveling through Europe with her Pekes." - The Times-Picayune"Adams, an English professor-turned-clinical-psychologist, shows verve and just the right amount of playfulness. Deftly, she places these furry inspirations into the environments that nurtured and restricted their 19th and 20th century mistresses. The result are five entertaining and insightful minibiographies, exquisite as the 19th century miniature of Barrett Browning and her lapdog Flush included in the text." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer"These stories - based on diaries, letters and contemporary accounts with several photographs, many told here for the first time - reveal intimate details and new perspectives on these giants of English and American literature, made even more memorable by Adams' lively writing." - The Providence Journal"Shaggy Muses' is readable and interesting. . .full of facts and insights. Adams goes beyond the superficial and provides real information." - The Oregonian"Adams writes these concise biographies with intelligence, verve and tenderness, and her background in literature and psychology makes her uniquely qualified. She does not avert her gaze from each of her subject's troubles but rather shows how each became a greater writer partially through unconditional canine friendship and devotion." - Times-Dispatch"You'll call this...

About the Edition

Coaxed through a depression by her golden retriever, Adams, a psychologist and former English professor, was drawn to five women writers who relied on their dogs for emotional support. Flush distracted Elizabeth Barrett after her favorite brother's death. Formidable, eccentric Emily Bronte, who once savagely beat her fierce mastiff, Keeper, for sleeping on her bed, refused to sentimentalize the human-dog bond in Wuthering Heights. Carlo, a Newfoundland, comforted Emily Dickinson in a dark time--when she may have been in love with a married man--and Edith Wharton mourned the death of one of her pooches more than the death of her mother. And Adams suggests that Virginia Woolf, depicting a dog's trauma in her biography of Flush, who was dognapped for ransom, dealt with her own childhood molestation. Lovers of both dogs and classic writers will identify with this sweet, quirky book.--From publisher description.

Table of Contents

Author's note
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Flush
Emily Brontë and Keeper
Emily Dickinson and Carlo
Edith Wharton and Foxy, Linky, and the dogs in between
Virginia Woolf and Gurth, Grizzle, and Pinka
Afterword : The dogs

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.



Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PR111 .A33 2007

The Physical Object

xvi, 299 p.
Number of pages
22 x x centimeters

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