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One Way of Love

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Written in the early 1930s, it was accepted for publication and then withdrawn, apparently because the publishers got nervous after the successful prosecution of The Well of Loneliness.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
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 26th 1987 by Virago Press Ltd
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Paul
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
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Jonathan
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
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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
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Fiona
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
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Pascale
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
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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
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