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Radclyffe Hall: A Life in the Writing
The Well of Loneliness is probably the most famous lesbian novel ever written, and certainly the most widely read. It contains no explicit sex scenes, yet in 1928, the year in which the novel was published, it was deemed obscene in a British court of law for its defense of sexual inversion and was forbidden for sale or import into England. Its author, Radclyffe Hall, was a ...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by University of Pennsylvania Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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“The Well of Loneliness” is perhaps the most famous of all lesbian novels. Certainly it’s one of the earliest. This is clearly meant to be an academic text, not a popular biography, based upon analysis of Hall’s writings. Yet I was continually amazed that the author, clearly a champion of Hall’s feminism, manages to sound so – patriarchal. [return]The story of this transgressive, groundbreaking lesbian and writer, even on an academic level, is hardly boring. Yet the author managed to defy my con ...more