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 equally 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 soon became a strong, bright thread in the fabric of Virginia and Leonard Woolf's life together. Based on diaries, letters, and other contemporary accounts, 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 writers.
©2007 Maureen Adams; (P)2007 Books on Tape
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"Lovers of both dogs and classic writers will identify with this sweet, quirky book." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Marianna on 01-02-08

poignant and insightful

well researched examination of the bond between noted writers and their companion animals. The author gives us a fresh perspective on the lives of a select group of literary women authors, spanning the late 1800s to the yearly 20th century. Anyone who loves literature and dogs will be deeply moved by these bio-profiles.

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By Kelly on 14-04-15

Limbic resonance

Sums it all up ..... The creative flows from limbic resonance.
Enjoyed very much learning of others deep attachment to their dogs

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