The brilliant literary essayist Terry Castle investigates strong women writers with formidable personalities - Jane Austen, Collette, Willa Cather - often turning analysis of these figures and their work into a keen new perspective on their lives and on life in general. Her canvas includes male writers too, such as the amorous Casanova.
Terry Castle has taught at Stanford since 1983. She has written five books ranging from Masquerade and Civilization: The Carnivalesque in Eighteenth Century English Culture and Fiction to The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture. She has won several awards and was nominated for the PEN Spielvogel-Diamodstean Award for the Art of the Essay.