Lyndall Gordon

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Lyndall Gordon (born 4 November 1941)[1] is a British-based writer and academic, known for her literary biographies. She is a Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford.[2]


Born in Cape Town, she was an undergraduate at the University of Cape Town, then a doctoral student at Columbia University in New York City. She married the pathologist Siamon Gordon; they have two daughters.

Gordon is the author of Eliot's Early Years (1977), which won the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay Prize;[3] Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life (1984), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life (1994), winner of the Cheltenham Prize for Literature; and Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, shortlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent publication is Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family's Feuds (2010), which has overturned the established assumptions about the poet's life.[4]



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  2. ^ Permanent Post Holders. "Gordon, Dr Lyndall | Faculty of English". Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
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  4. ^ "A bomb in her bosom: Emily Dickinson's secret life". The Guardian. 12 February 2010. 

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