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The Angel and the Perverts (The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Set in the lesbian and gay circles of Paris in the 1920s, The Angel and the Perverts tells the story of a hermaphrodite born to upper class parents in Normandy and ignorant of his/her physical difference. As an adult, s/he lives a double life as Marion/Mario, passing undetected as a lesbian in the literary salons of the times, and as a gay man in the cocaine dens made famo ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by New York University Press (first published 1930)
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Suzanne Stroh
Paris in the Twenties is the setting for this roman à clef that's really about the Belle Époque and its long legacy that nurtured Modernism. It is one of half a dozen works of fiction about the notorious saloniste Natalie Barney, and another reviewer has pointed out that you will get the most enjoyment out of this novel if you read it in conjunction with one of the others. To that list of well-known and highly searchable titles I would add the little-known French novel Un Soir chez L'Amazone, wh ...more
Lord Beardsley
Jan 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people into gender studies and 1920s Paris
Recommended to Lord by: Paul
A very early work exploring gender fluidity with its main character as a hermaphrodite gay man/lesbian woman. Interesting, but not the most gripping of stories. Good to read on an anthropological level as an exploration of gender seen through the eyes of 1920s Paris. It's definately a good book to read along with Truly Wilde, and any biography of Natalie Barney or any work that describes Paris in the 1920s.
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Had to read this because it was translated and introduced by Anna Livia (always a favorite), but also because one of the main characters is very obviously Natalie Barney. Icing on the cake: back cover blurb by the beloved Will Roscoe (this book came out in 1995, the year I took a class taught by Will, now that I think of it). The novel itself might get 3 stars from me, but my lifelong fascination with the literary lesbians of Paris makes this a wonderful new addition to my library, even if only ...more
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Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, née à Honfleur le 3 novembre 1874 et morte le 26 avril 1945 à Château-Gontier, poétesse, romancière, sculptrice et dessinatrice, journaliste et historienne française.
Ses parents ayant refusé la main de celle qu’on surnomme « Princesse Amande » au capitaine Philippe Pétain, elle épouse l’orientaliste Joseph-Charles Mardrus. Comme elle était intimement liée à Natalie Barney, R
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