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“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 uniue book is a must read for literature and dog lovers alike” Booklist“Lovers of both dogs and classic writers will identify with this sweet uirky book” Publishers Weekly “An intimate look into the lives of famous women authors whose lives were 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 humananimal 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 Eliza This was one of the most satisfying fascinating pieces of non fiction I ve read in a while Well written and well researched

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Shaggy Muses The Dogs Who Inspired Emily Brontë Elizabeth Barrett Browning Emily Dickinson Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf

En a dog somehow represents the private side of life the play side” Virginia Woolf confessed to a friend And it is this private playful side the richness and power of the bond between five great women writers and their dogs that Maureen Adams celebrates in this deeply engaging book In Shaggy Muses we visit Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Flush the golden Cocker Spaniel who danced the poet away from death back to life and human love We roam the wild Yorkshire moors with Emily Brontë whose fierce Mastiff mix Keeper provided a safe and loving outlet for the writer’s eually fierce spirit We enter the creative sanctum of Emily Dickinson which she shared only with Carlo the gentle giant Newfoundland who soothed her emotional terrors We mingle with Edith Wharton whose ever faithful Pekes warmed her lonely heart during her restless travels among Europe and America’s social and intellectual elite We are privileged guests in the fragile universe of Virginia Woolf who depended for emotional support and sanity not only on her human loved ones but also on her dogs especially Pinka–a gift from her lover Vita Sackville West–a black Cocker Spaniel who became a strong bright thread in the fabric of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s life togetherBased on diaries letters and other contemporary accounts–and featuring many illustrations of the writers and their dogs–these five miniature biographies allow us unparalleled intimacy with women of genius in their hours of domestic ease and inner vulnerability Shaggy Muses also enchants us with a pack of new friends Flush Keeper Carlo Foxy Linky Grizzle Pinka and all the other devoted canines who loved and served these great writer A lovely book The author provides interesting accounts of the important supportive roles dogs played in the lives of these authors I especially liked the chapters on Emily Dickenson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning The Bronte chapter was powerful but disturbing not surprising considering the subject I love the poem Edith Wharton wrote it captures so much about our relationships with our dogs with just a few wordsMy little old dog A heart beatAt my feet

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Beth Barrett Browning The Life and Loves of a PoetAdams 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 PicayuneAdams 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 exuisite as the 19th century miniature of Barrett Browning and her lapdog Flush included in the text The Cleveland Plain DealerThese 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 memorable by Adams' lively writing The Providence JournalShaggy Muses' is readable and interestingfull of facts and insights Adams goes beyond the superficial and provides real information The OregonianAdams writes these concise biographies with intelligence verve and tenderness and her background in literature and psychology makes her uniuely ualified 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 sentimental–perhaps–but th The author here takes five popular women writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and focuses primarily on their relationships with their dogs Each woman was emotionally attached to their pet dogs and used them to overcome sickness physical and psychological and as muses to their creative worksI was excited by the concept of the book especially about the chapter regarding Edith Wharton and her little gentlemen and the photograph of her with her two chihuahuas sitting on her shoulders is included and was mostly not disappointed The book was just additional mini biographies about the women with occasional paragraphs regarding their animals I expected or perhaps I expected less of their personal lives I feel I know enough already about Edith s extracurricular relationships and the fact that Emily Dickinson preferred to wear white All in all however the information was relayed well and was interesting throughout I did discover that Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived in Florence after disobeying her father and marrying Robert Browning and had her precious cocker spaniel Flush buried there The chapter about Emily Dickinson was surprisingly short to me I would have liked to have learned about her Newfoundland CarloFor those of us obsessed with our dogs and for those of us who talk about our dogs as if they are real people this is worth a read and uite a comfort to know that this is a natural and normal behavior


10 thoughts on “Shaggy Muses The Dogs Who Inspired Emily Brontë Elizabeth Barrett Browning Emily Dickinson Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf

  1. says:

    The short review A pleasant overview of several important female writers and their canine companions If you're not a dog person you still won't be one after reading this book but you may understand them a little better even if you still think they're insane because they areThe details Bear in mind that this was written by a woman whose idea of trauma is being wealthy happily married and the mother of two normal well adju

  2. says:

    Loved this little book It has five excellent condensed biographies of all women authors who have a human dog bond They relied on their devote

  3. says:

    This was one of the most satisfying fascinating pieces of non fiction I've read in a while Well written and well researched

  4. says:

    Not a big I would have normally picked up bu

  5. says:

    The author here takes five popular women writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and focuses primarily on their relationships with their dogs Each woman was emotionally attached to their pet dogs and used them to overcome sickness physical and psychological and as muses to their creative worksI was exc

  6. says:

    They say that behind every great man there has to be a great woman but behind a great woman They do not mention Perhaps we should look down to

  7. says:

    Too full of remote speculative psychoanalysis especially built upon premises that were unsafe in the first place One key example is the alleged beating given to her dog Keeper by Emily Bronte a luridly told story from the Gaskell biography of Charlotte Bronte which is known to be somewhat exaggerated and unreliable for many reasons It leads the author a psychologist to then imply Bronte APPROVED of violence and looked do

  8. says:

    A lovely book The author provides interesting accounts of the important supportive roles dogs played in the lives of these authors I especially liked the chapters on Emily Dickenson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning The Bronte chapter was power

  9. says:

    This book is both interesting and troubling On the one hand there is a great deal of interest in pet parenting in

  10. says:

    Perceptive accounts of the relationship between dogs and the women authors Elizabeth Barrett Browning Emily Bronte Emily Dickinson Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf Adams capsulizes the writing careers of these wome