The Life and Letters of William Sharp and "Fiona Macleod": Volume 2: 1895-1899 - cover image

Copyright

William F. Halloran

Published On

2020-04-14

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-869-3
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Language

  • English

Print Length

648 pages (x+638)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 33 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.31" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 35 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.38" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1980g (69.84oz)
Hardback2383g (84.06oz)

Media

Illustrations18

OCLC Number

119301565

LCCN

2019394628

BIC

  • BJ
  • DS
  • DSK
  • DSC
  • 3JH

BISAC

  • BIO007000
  • BIO025000
  • LCO011000

LCC

  • PR5357

Keywords

  • William Sharp
  • Scottish poet
  • Scottish novelist
  • Scottish biographer
  • Scottish editor
  • Fiona Macleod
  • correspondence
  • Victorian man
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The Life and Letters of William Sharp and "Fiona Macleod"

Volume 2: 1895-1899

  • William F. Halloran (author)
William Sharp (1855-1905) conducted one of the most audacious literary deceptions of his or any time. Sharp was a Scottish poet, novelist, biographer and editor who in 1893 began to write critically and commercially successful books under the name Fiona Macleod. This was far more than just a pseudonym: he corresponded as Macleod, enlisting his sister to provide the handwriting and address, and for more than a decade "Fiona Macleod" duped not only the general public but such literary luminaries as William Butler Yeats and, in America, E. C. Stedman.
Sharp wrote "I feel another self within me now more than ever; it is as if I were possessed by a spirit who must speak out". This three-volume collection brings together Sharp’s own correspondence – a fascinating trove in its own right, by a Victorian man of letters who was on intimate terms with writers including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Pater, and George Meredith – and the Fiona Macleod letters, which bring to life Sharp’s intriguing "second self".

With an introduction and detailed notes by William F. Halloran, this richly rewarding collection offers a wonderful insight into the literary landscape of the time, while also investigating a strange and underappreciated phenomenon of late-nineteenth-century English literature. It is essential for scholars of the period, and it is an illuminating read for anyone interested in authorship and identity.

Endorsements

What an achievement! It is a major work. The letters taken together with the excellent introductory sections - so balanced and judicious and informative - what emerges is an amazing picture of William Sharp the man and the writer which explores just how fascinating a figure he is. Clearly a major reassessment is due and this book could make it happen.

Andrew Hook

Emeritus Bradley Professor of English and American Literature, Glasgow University

Reviews

The three volumes of the Sharp/Macleod letters edited by William F. Halloran mark a major intervention in our understanding of Sharp, shedding light on his life, on his literary networks, and on Macleod’s literary development. Through decades of research and his detailed editorial apparatus (including lengthy introductions to each year of Sharp’s life), Halloran not only contextualises the surviving letters but unlocks and interprets many otherwise opaque details within them, such as Sharp’s coded references to his muse and the inspiration for Macleod, the writer Edith Wingate Rinder. As such, these volumes provide the most detailed portrait available on Sharp, his networks and movements, and how Fiona Macleod came to be.

Michael Shaw

"Moulding A Persona: The Life and Letters of William Sharp and Fiona Macleod". Studies in Scottish Literature, vol. 47, no. 1,

Contents

Chapter Twelve

(pp. 11–70)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.01

Chapter Thirteen

(pp. 71–140)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.02

Chapter Fourteen

(pp. 141–214)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.03

Chapter Fifteen

(pp. 215–282)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.04

Chapter Sixteen

(pp. 283–356)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.05

Chapter Seventeen

(pp. 357–416)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.06

Chapter Eighteen

(pp. 417–482)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.07

Chapter Nineteen

(pp. 483–526)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.08

Introduction

(pp. 1–10)
  • William F. Halloran
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0196.09

Contributors

William F. Halloran

(author)
Emeritus Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee