Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist
The extraordinary life of history's first modern lesbian who inspired the television series Gentleman Jack
Anne Lister's journals were so shocking that the first person to crack their secret code hid them behind a fake panel in his ancestral home. Anne Lister was a Regency landowner, an intrepid world traveller ... and an unabashed lover of other women.
In this bold new
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The other reason is that as a gay woman, I am always hungry for LGBT history in any form. I wanted desperately to feel some sort of connection, to hook my ow ...more
This book is judge, jury, and executioner to its subject, which feels like a complete violation of the rules of a biography. You can tell just by the table of contents - her life is divided up not by milestone events but by the women she seduces. Because clearly when someone isn’t straight, the only interesting thing about them is their sex life. Everything e ...more
Earlier this year, HBO and the BBC treated us to Suranne Jones swaggering across the screen in butch Victorian get-up, playing the character of Anne Lister. The first season of Gentleman Jack follows just a segment of Anne’s life starting in 1832, as she woos her future life-partner, Ann Walker.
While I loved the show, it left me wanting to know more. What was Anne Lister really like? Who was she before 1832, and how does her story end? This led me to pick up ...more
But it means something as modern LGBT+ people, to see someone like us, openly living their truth, hundreds of years ago. Anne's girlfriends were all fascinating women, and I wanted to know more about them and less ab ...more
a groundbreaking new biography of Anne Lister, Regency landowner, seducer and proud lesbian during a time when it was difficult simply to be female. With the code to her secret diaries now cracked, we get to know her many lovers ... ...more
I feel a bit like the academic who prudishly consigned Lister's coded sex scenes to oblivion as being "merely personal" and "of no historical interest", i.e. I would have liked less of them--but that's ...more
Anne Lister was a fascinating woman, both publicly and privately. She was also a colossal narcissist who would have been a nightmare on social media; instead she had her journal.
This book highlights that, although relies incredibly heavily on the transcriptions of Helena and Jill Liddington, with some reference to the notes of Phyllis Ramsden. I was quite frustrated that the author ...more
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A little sad because I feel I've read spoilers for tonight's HBO episode, although I'm eager to see the Sally Wainwright version of events!
I especially loved the detailed account of Anne and Ann's life & travels together (in Imperial Russia! in the winter!) after their marriage, which the Ann Choma biography skimmed over. It was interesting to learn the history of the decoding process, and the disagree ...more
They have devoted decades ...more
That said, if you're new to the topic, the first thing you should know about Anne Lister books is to NEVER FORGET you're reading (or watching!) someone's INTERPRETATION of Anne Lister. All biographers and researchers of Anne Lister lay a heavy hand on their works in determining what they think you should know about her or how they want to present her based on their own feeling ...more