Doors open at 6.30pm: CCS PTA’s Bar
Lyndall Gordon, whose memoir Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and Daughter (2014), talks about how ‘Footfalls echo in the memory’, focusing on stories in writing family memoir; on Eliot’s play of memory when he visited Chipping Campden and trespassed into the garden at Burnt Norton with Emily Hale, whom he’d loved when a young man; and why Eliot’s discarded wife chose the role of Henry James’s famously doomed heroine, Daisy Miller.
Lyndall Gordon FRSL Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, was born in Cape Town to a mother whose mysterious illness confined her for years to a life indoors. She was a child who grew to know life through books, story telling, and her mother’s own writings.
Lyndall studied history and English in Cape Town, then nineteenth-century American literature at Columbia in New York. In 1973 she came to England through the Rhodes Trust. For many years she was a tutor and lecturer in English at Oxford. Her biographies include The Imperfect Life of T.S. Eliot, Henry James: His Women and His Art and the revised editions of Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Life (1984 James Tait Black prize for biography), and Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life and Shared Lives, a memoir of women’s friendship in her native South Africa.
‘A biographer with soul’ The Guardian
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