Title How to be a heroine ; or, what I've learned from reading too much / Samantha Ellis.
Imprint London : Chatto & Windus, 2014.
Author Ellis, Samantha. author.
Date 01-01-2014
Physical description 264 pages ; 23 cm.
Item 809.393522 ELL (Copy 1) GFL-MONO 296458 INLIBRARY
Major subject Literature
Minor subject Authors
Overseas item
LCSH Women -- Books and reading.
Women in literature.
English fiction -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History .
Sex role in literature.
Heroines in literature.
English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Notes Includes bibliography and index.
ISBN 9780701187514
Abstract Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre? Petrova or Posy? Scarlett or Melanie? Lace or Valley of the Dolls? On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best: Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. She was all for wild, passionate Cathy; but her friend found Cathy silly, a snob, while courageous Jane makes her own way. And that's when Samantha realised that all her life she'd been trying to be Cathy when she should have been trying to be Jane. So she decided to look again at her heroines - the girls, women, books that had shaped her ideas of the world and how to live. Some of them stood up to the scrutiny (she will always love Lizzy Bennet); some of them most decidedly did not (turns out Katy Carr from What Katy Did isn't a carefree rebel, she's a drip). There were revelations (the real heroine of Gone with the Wind? Clearly Melanie), joyous reunions (Anne of Green Gables), nostalgia trips (Sylvia Plath) and tearful goodbyes (Lucy Honeychurch). And then there was Jilly Cooper... How To Be A Heroine is Samantha's funny, touching, inspiring exploration of the role of heroines, and our favourite books, in all our lives u and how they change over time, for better or worse, just as we do.
LCN 793412
Item ID 296458
Database Library Catalogue