Mothers of the Mind

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  • 2023

An insightful book exploring the mothers of three iconic authors, Agatha Christie, Sylvia Plath, and Virginia Woolf, by Rachel Trethewey.

The relationship between my grandmother and her mother was very important and indeed crucial to her childhood and the very early days of her writing... So, to have more insight into this particular aspect of my grandmother's early life is very valuable.

Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson

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Julia Stephen, Clara Miller and Aurelia Plath were fascinating in their own rights, and their relationships with their daughters were exceptional; they profoundly influenced the writers' lives, literature and attitude to feminism. Too often in the past Virginia, Agatha and Sylvia have been defined by their lovers - Mothers of the Mind readdresses the balance by charting the complex, often contradictory, bond between mother and daughter. Drawing on previously unpublished sources from archives around the world and accounts from family and friends of the women, this book offers a new perspective on these iconic authors. 

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