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Title:
The well of loneliness
Author:
Hall, Radclyffe.
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Edition:
First Anchor Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Anchor Books, 1990.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385416092
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

First published in 1928, this timeless portrayal of lesbian love is now a classic. The thinly disguised story of Hall's own life, it was banned outright upon publication and almost ruined her literary career.


Author Notes

Radclyffe Hall , the pen name of Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, was born in Bournemouth on August 12, 1880. She was educated at King's College, London, and later undertook further studies in Germany. Hall was renowned for her open homosexuality, a subject dealt with in her best-known novel, The Well of Loneliness (1928), a semi-autobiographical work and the only one of her eight novels to deal with overt lesbian themes. Her open treatment of lesbianism in The Well of Loneliness occasioned a trial for obscenity; it was banned and an appeal refused, which resulted in all copies in Britain being destroyed. The United States allowed its publication after a long court battle. She also published several volumes of verse including Twixt Earth and Stars: Poems (1906) and Songs of Three Counties and Other Poems (1913). Adam's Breed (1926), a sensitive novel about the life of a restaurant keeper, won the Prix Femina and the 1927 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Hall died in 1943 at the age of sixty-eight from cancer.


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Library Journal Review

Famously sparking an obscenity trial, this 1928 book-which the Times Literary Supplement called "the archetypal lesbian novel"-follows Stephen, a woman who wears pants and short hair and realizes she's attracted to women. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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