Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “One Way of Love” as Want to Read:
One Way of Love
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

One Way of Love

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Written in the early 1930s, it was accepted for publication and then withdrawn, apparently because the publishers got nervous after the successful prosecution of The Well of Loneliness. So it was not till 1987 that it finally saw the light of day, published by Virago.

Mariana Clare, born in the Deep South of the United States, is a romantic child and a great reader of fairy
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 26th 1987 by Virago Press Ltd
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-45
Average rating 4.17  · 
Rating details
 ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of One Way of Love
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-of-women
Sonnet by Gamel Woolsey
When I am dead and laid at last to rest,
Let them not bury me in holy ground –
To lie the shipwrecked sailor cast ashore –
But give the corpse to fire, to flood, to air,
The elements that may the flesh transform
To soar with birds, to float where fishes are,
To rise in smoke, shine in a leaping flame –
To be in freedom lost in nothingness,
Not garnered in the grave, hoarded by death.
What is remembrance that we crave for it?
Let me be nothing then, not face nor name;
As on the seagul
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book which, though written in 1931-2, remained in proof form for 50 years unable to find a publisher. Virago, god bless them, brought it into print for the first time in 1987.

Quite shockingly modern, particularly in its treatment of female desire, rape and abortion. Well worth tracking down.
Ronald Morton
“It should have been so gay,” she said. “And it was so ugly.”
As noted in the introduction, the novel was originally to be titled Innocence, which might be more appropriate than its current title (not to say it's currently title is not appropriate, I just feel the original speaks to the text as a whole to a greater extent). But the "innocence" of the original title should evoke both fairy tales and naivety; it is a state that should not last into adulthood, and is an anomaly when it does, almost
Bill FromPA
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1930s, virago
After the death of her grandmother and guardian, Mariana Clare moves from South Carolina to New York City. Secured by a “small income” she sets about seeking to have her poetry published. At a newspaper office she meets Sigrid Armstrong, who takes her on a walk through the city’s “Jewish quarter”. From this point through most of the rest of the novel Mariana is a mainly passive person, taken by friends to various parties and performances, staying home otherwise. She has sex with and then marries ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A frank and intimate account of the disappointing and claustrophobic nature of marriage in the early Twentieth Century. The protagonist, Mariana Clare, is described several times as more elfin, and unusual looking, than conventional beauty and I think her otherworldliness highlights her need for more freedom than the trappings of marriage and cohabitation can offer.
I enjoyed reading of Mariana´s determination to carve out her own path and find her own independent living space.
The descriptions o
I feel very ambivalent about this book. It's the story of a Southern Belle plagued by fragile health who moves to Greenwich village in search of Love and possibly, literary fame. Having married the first guy who asks her, she doesn't feel fulfilled. For a while the couple shuttles between New York city and the Catskills, with a stint in London and a wonderful holiday in Cornwall, which gives rise to splendid descriptions of the English countryside and its people. Mariana's husband, who is a jour ...more
rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2012
rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2016
Jennie Rogers
rated it it was amazing
Sep 08, 2015
Jean Grant
rated it it was amazing
Oct 11, 2019
Nell Grey
rated it really liked it
Nov 26, 2011
rated it it was amazing
Dec 15, 2016
Fiona O'dea
rated it really liked it
Aug 05, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jan 28, 2019
rated it really liked it
Sep 15, 2008
Wayne Shorey
rated it liked it
Mar 29, 2012
rated it really liked it
Jun 29, 2019
rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2009
rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2020
rated it really liked it
Apr 14, 2019
rated it liked it
Jul 25, 2018
Nic Dafis
rated it really liked it
Apr 06, 2013
Petra Redmond
rated it really liked it
May 31, 2020
marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2010
marked it as to-read
May 04, 2011
added it
Jul 27, 2011
Besa Hoxha
marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2015
Steven Chang
marked it as to-read
Dec 14, 2015
added it
Dec 15, 2015
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Clara Charlotte
marked it as to-read
Jan 20, 2016
marked it as to-read
Jan 20, 2016
Hannah Salt
marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2016
Rhiannon Tyndell
marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2016
marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2017
Effie Romain
marked it as to-read
May 13, 2017
Charles  Beauregard
marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2017
added it
Sep 30, 2017
Pell Ider
marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2018
Ferran Benito
marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2018
added it
Jul 31, 2018
Karen Witzler
marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2019
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Dutch House
  • The Starlings in London
  • The Haunting of Brynn Wilder
  • Wild Life
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem
  • Devoted Ladies
  • The New House
  • The House Guest
  • Affinity
  • Dark Pines (Tuva Moodyson Mystery, #1)
  • Drift Stumble Fall
  • Red Snow (Tuva Moodyson Mystery, #2)
  • Broken Branches
  • Einstein's Dreams
  • Return to Night
  • The Memory Wood
  • Nothing Important Happened Today (Detective Sergeant Pace, #2)
  • Death on Coffin Lane (DCI Satterthwaite #3)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
1 follower
Gamel Woolsey (May 28, 1895 – January 18, 1968) was an American poet and novelist.

Woolsey, primarily a poet, published very little in her lifetime: Middle Earth, a collection of 36 poems, came out in 1931, Death's Other Kingdom in 1939 (re-released as "Malaga Burning" in 1998 by Pythia Press) and Spanish Fairy Stories in 1944. Her Collected Poems have been published since her death. Patterns on th

Related Articles

At Goodreads, we love reading (shocker, I know). There's just nothing like curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee or tea and burying...
22 likes · 3 comments
“She found herself sometimes turning her face in the dark to find another face. She seems to be seeking a kiss - a kiss she had never had. It grew to be a constant half conscious gesture with her to turn her face on the empty pillow and find again that there was no one there.” 1 likes
“He demanded some homage from the world that it would not give him, except under rare and special circumstances. Mariana could not force the world to pay him this deference. She felt sometimes as if she had a child, but could not give it the toys its fancy craved. And she herself, the very nature of her personality, so attractive to many of these artists, would help to deprive him of the glamour that was necessary to his illusion.” 0 likes
More quotes…