Lyndall Gordon

IntroSouth African writer and academic
Is Writer 
From South Africa 
Type Literature 
Birth 4 November 1941 
Age:78 years
Star sign Scorpio
Columbia University
University of Cape Town
James Tait Black Memorial Prize 
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature 

Lyndall Gordon (born 4 November 1941) is a British-based biographical and former academic writer, known for her literary biographies. She is a senior research fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford.


Born in Cape Town, she had her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and her doctorate at Columbia University in New York City. She is married to pathologist Siamon Gordon; they have two daughters.

Gordon is the author of Eliot’s Early Years (1977), which won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay Prize; Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Life (1984), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life (1994), winner of the Cheltenham Prize for Literature; and Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, shortlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent publication is Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds (2010), which has challenged the established assumptions about the poet’s life.


  • Eliot’s Early Years Oxford University Press, 1977, ISBN 978-0-19-812078-0
  • Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Life. Oxford University Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-19-811723-0.; W. W. Norton & Company, 2001, ISBN 978-0-393-32205-7
  • Eliot’s New Life Oxford University Press, 1988
  • Shared Lives Norton, 1992, ISBN 978-0-393-03164-5;
  • Charlotte Brontë: A Passionate Life Chatto & Windus, 1994, ISBN 978-0-7011-6137-8; Little, Brown Book Group, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7481-1453-5
  • A private life of Henry James: two women and his art, Vintage, 1999, ISBN 978-0-09-938611-7
  • T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life. W. W. Norton & Company. 1999. ISBN 978-0-393-32093-0. Lyndall Gordon.
  • Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft. HarperCollins. 2005. ISBN 978-0-06-019802-2.; 2006, ISBN 978-0-06-095774-2
  • Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds. Penguin. 2010. ISBN 978-0-670-02193-2.
  • Divided Lives : Dreams of a Mother and Daughter 2014