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The Well of Loneliness: A 1920s Classic of Lesbian Fiction
Radclyffe Hall
0385416091
October 1990
Paperback
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From Booklist
Hall (1880-1943) was legendary in her own time--or infamous, some might say--for her fifth novel, The Well of Loneliness (1928). The book was banned for obscenity because its main character is a lesbian, and it subsequently became a notorious best-seller, thrusting Hall into a literary rogues' gallery of fame. Cline uses previously unexplored material to create a biography of the now largely forgotten author that portrays the dense interrelationship of her writings, her childhood, and her friends and loves. Hall called herself by three names: Marguerite, the name with which she had been christened and which she hated, given as it was by the mother she despised; John, her chosen name, which she used among her associates; and Radclyffe, her pen name. The three often enigmatic selves these names indicated formed her...


Nokl Coward and Radclyffe Hall
Terry Castle
0231105967
Sept 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
In her landmark study, The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture, Terry Castle called on feminist and lesbian historians to "focus on presence instead of absence, plenitude instead of scarcity." Her binary portrait of Noel Coward and Radclyffe Hall traces the friendship and compares the public perceptions of these two homosexual icons of the 1930s. Castle suggests that these two very different writers influenced each other's work in surprising ways. The homosexual playwright, Jonathan Brockett, who appears in Hall's lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness, bears a striking resemblance to Coward. The blithe spirit that hovers over Coward's play of the same name may have had its genesis in Hall's ideas and writings about the supernatural. This well illustrated book also shows that...


Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John
Sally Cline
0879517085
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
She's best known as the author of The Well of Loneliness, "the one lesbian novel everyone has heard of," feminist scholar Sally Cline wittily remarks. But in her lifetime (1880-1943), Radclyffe Hall was a popular writer who deliberately courted controversy with her fifth novel, banned as obscene in 1928 after one of the 20th century's most notorious literary trials. Cline devotes valuable critical attention to Hall's other books, and to a flamboyant personal life (a virtual who's who of homosexual Britain) that was at odds with her political and religious conservatism. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Claiming access to new literary and personal material, Cambridge professor Cline aims to cover the entire life of...


Trials of Radclyffe Hall
Diana Souhami
0385512392
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
The wealthy, conservative lesbian Radclyffe Hall is remembered now for a single brave act: the publication of her troubling classic The Well of Loneliness (1928), the first novel in English on the theme of "sexual inversion." It appeared the same year as Virginia Woolf's jeu d'esprit Orlando, which is more or less about Woolf's love of Vita Sackville-West, but the authorities failed to decipher the subversive undertone of Woolf's modernist prose--and it was Hall's blandly realistic novel that was seized and banned. The best yet of Diana Souhami's biographies, The Trials of Radclyffe Hall is an absorbing and irreverent account of Hall's life and work, with emphasis on the stormy reception of The Well of Loneliness and Hall's long relationship with the artist Una Troubridge, "a formidable acolyte, an indispensable servant,...


Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall
Radclyffe Hall
0814730922
January 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
In 1934, after 20 years of a mostly monogamous relationship with Una Troubridge, Radclyffe Hall, author of the notorious lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness, fell in love with someone else. Evguenia Souline, a poor, friendless, Russian exile living in Europe, had 30 years to Hall's 54. To Hall, Souline was the picture of a virgin maiden in distress. Hall's obsessive relationship with Souline, Joanne Glasgow argues in her introduction, precipitated the author's creative and physical decline. These letters to Souline, written between 1934 and 1942, the year Hall died, contain Hall's ideas about the origins of homosexuality, the obligations of marriage and passion, political opinions, and ideas about art. Perhaps most poignantly, they are records of the daily, sometimes hourly, fluctuations of a nervous lover's...


Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on The Well of Loneliness
Jay Prosser (Editor)
0231118740
February 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Well of Loneliness -- the Radclyffe Hall novel at times referred to as "the bible of lesbianism" -- was released in Britain in 1928 and was immediately controversial. Pronounced obscene following a sensational trial, the book has become a cultural icon as well as a source of considerable debate, especially among feminists, lesbians, and transgendered persons. Palatable Poison gathers together classic essays on Radclyffe Hall's book -- beginning with Havelock Ellis and early reviews -- as well as pieces by such contemporary critics as Esther Newton, Judith Halberstam, Teresa de Lauretis, and Terry Castle. Providing an understanding of how views of the book have changed over time and covering such topics as race, the nation at war, and melancholy, the collection presents new and provocative ideas about the immense...


Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on The Well of Loneliness
Jay Prosser (Editor)
0231118759
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Well of Loneliness -- the Radclyffe Hall novel at times referred to as "the bible of lesbianism" -- was released in Britain in 1928 and was immediately controversial. Pronounced obscene following a sensational trial, the book has become a cultural icon as well as a source of considerable debate, especially among feminists, lesbians, and transgendered persons. Palatable Poison gathers together classic essays on Radclyffe Hall's book -- beginning with Havelock Ellis and early reviews -- as well as pieces by such contemporary critics as Esther Newton, Judith Halberstam, Teresa de Lauretis, and Terry Castle. Providing an understanding of how views of the book have changed over time and covering such topics as race, the nation at war, and melancholy, the collection presents new and provocative ideas about the immense...


Female Masculinity
Judith Halberstam
0822322439
January 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Readers who have followed the postmodern gender debate in the university presses (ranging from Thais Morgan's sedately twisted analyses of Victorian male lesbianism to Judith Butler's acclaimed Gender Trouble) will delight in the latest little earthquake: Judith Halberstam's deft separation of masculinity from the male body in Female Masculinity. If what we call "masculinity" is taken to be "a naturalized relation between maleness and power," Halberstam argues, "then it makes little sense to examine men for the contours of that masculinity's social construction." We can learn more from other embodiments of masculinity, like those found in drag-king performances, in the sexual stance of the stone butch, and in female-to-male transgenderism. Halberstam's subject is so new to critical discourse that her approach can be somewhat...


Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall
Joanne Glasgow (Editor)
0814731252
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
In 1934, after 20 years of a mostly monogamous relationship with Una Troubridge, Radclyffe Hall, author of the notorious lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness, fell in love with someone else. Evguenia Souline, a poor, friendless, Russian exile living in Europe, had 30 years to Hall's 54. To Hall, Souline was the picture of a virgin maiden in distress. Hall's obsessive relationship with Souline, Joanne Glasgow argues in her introduction, precipitated the author's creative and physical decline. These letters to Souline, written between 1934 and 1942, the year Hall died, contain Hall's ideas about the origins of homosexuality, the obligations of marriage and passion, political opinions, and ideas about art. Perhaps most poignantly, they are records of the daily, sometimes hourly, fluctuations of a nervous lover's...


Well of Loneliness
Radclyffe Hall
0899669484
December 1992
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Hall (1880-1943) was legendary in her own time--or infamous, some might say--for her fifth novel, The Well of Loneliness (1928). The book was banned for obscenity because its main character is a lesbian, and it subsequently became a notorious best-seller, thrusting Hall into a literary rogues' gallery of fame. Cline uses previously unexplored material to create a biography of the now largely forgotten author that portrays the dense interrelationship of her writings, her childhood, and her friends and loves. Hall called herself by three names: Marguerite, the name with which she had been christened and which she hated, given as it was by the mother she despised; John, her chosen name, which she used among her associates; and Radclyffe, her pen name. The three often enigmatic selves these names indicated formed her...


Radclyffe Hall
Sally Cline
0879518316
Feb 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
She's best known as the author of The Well of Loneliness, "the one lesbian novel everyone has heard of," feminist scholar Sally Cline wittily remarks. But in her lifetime (1880-1943), Radclyffe Hall was a popular writer who deliberately courted controversy with her fifth novel, banned as obscene in 1928 after one of the 20th century's most notorious literary trials. Cline devotes valuable critical attention to Hall's other books, and to a flamboyant personal life (a virtual who's who of homosexual Britain) that was at odds with her political and religious conservatism.

From Library Journal
Claiming access to new literary and personal material, Cambridge professor Cline aims to cover the entire life of Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943) and not simply the period of her most...


Unlit Lamp
Radclyffe Hall
0403010101
January 1972
Hardcover
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