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Noël Coward and Radclyffe Hall: Kindred Spirits
At first glance, it seems difficult to imagine two more different literary personalities than Noel Coward and Radclyffe Hall. Coward's writing is playful, sarcastic, absurd; Hall's is brooding and melancholic, rife with misery and suffering. Where she throws her head back in despair, he merely lifts an eyebrow. Yet as Terry Castle displays in her provocative new study, the ...more
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published October 18th 1996 by Columbia University Press
(first published January 1st 1996)
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What a spicy combo. Of the two apparent inseparables, it's been to Camp Noel that I've traditionally lugged my tent; Camp Radcliffe always looked a bit dry on laughs and so I never gave her a look in. More fool me for such lazy stereotyping. Noel clearly thought Radcliffe a doll and maybe I should, too. This was a slim volume but an enlightening one.
Terry Castle was once described by Susan Sontag as "the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today." She is the author of seven books of criticism, including The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture (1993) and Boss Ladies, Watch Out! Essays on Women and Sex (2002). Her antholoy, The Literature of Lesbianism, won the Lambda Literary Editor's Choice Aw ...more