Lyndall Gordon

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


Born in Cape Town, she had her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and her doctorate at Columbia University in New York City. She is married to 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]


  • Eliot's Early Years Oxford University Press, 1977, ISBN 978-0-19-812078-0
  • Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life. Oxford University Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-19-811723-0.; W. W. Norton & Company, 2001, ISBN 978-0-393-32205-7
  • Eliot's New Life Oxford University Press, 1988
  • Shared Lives Norton, 1992, ISBN 978-0-393-03164-5;
  • Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life Chatto & Windus, 1994, ISBN 978-0-7011-6137-8; Little, Brown Book Group, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7481-1453-5
  • A private life of Henry James: two women and his art, Vintage, 1999, ISBN 978-0-09-938611-7
  • T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life. W. W. Norton & Company. 1999. ISBN 978-0-393-32093-0.
  • Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft. HarperCollins. 2005. ISBN 978-0-06-019802-2.; 2006, ISBN 978-0-06-095774-2
  • Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family's Feuds. Penguin. 2010. ISBN 978-0-670-02193-2.
  • Divided Lives : Dreams of a Mother and Daughter 2014


  1. ^ "Gordon, Lyndall 1941-". 2007-01-01. Archived from the original on 2015-03-28. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Permanent Post Holders. "Gordon, Dr Lyndall | Faculty of English". Archived from the original on 2014-02-06. 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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