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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 public and private personae. The roots giving rise to her international lesbian best-­seller are traceable to her early adolescent loves as well as her affairs with . . .

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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 public and private personae. The roots giving rise to her international lesbian best-­seller are traceable to her early adolescent loves as well as her affairs with . . .

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This novel portrays the love - and hate - that can exist between women. Joan's mother binds her daughter to her with hoops of steel, a trap which nothing can spring no career, no man and certainly no woman.­In my own recent coming out experience, I've been soaking up lesbian literature. This book is helping me move from married to divorced. The story brings the reader painfully, achingly along with the protagonist, as all of her potential (vibrant physical health, powerful intellect, passion) is slowly killed off. Lacking any socially-­approved way to leave her stultifying life, she slowly withers, while the reader witnesses it. Painful, yes, but inspirational as well. I do not want to wither on the vine.

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The Definitive Edition of THE WELL OF LONELINESS
-­Illustrations from the life and times of Radclyffe Hall, plus the original notes from the first edition
-­Complete, unabridged, and formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-­Linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

THE BANNED CLASSIC LESBIAN NOVEL, COMPLETE AND UNEXPURGATED
“Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, a candid, semi-­autobiographical novel about coming to terms with a lesbian identity, brought to the forefront the question of whether or not the frank portrayal of lesbianism in a book was grounds for charges of obscenity. First published July 1928 in England by Jonathan Cape, The Well was soon seized and criminalized for violating the Obscene Publications Act of 1857” Sherri Liberman, New York Public Library Blog

“A classic novel and beautifully written, it was at times painful to read the story of Stephen, a lesbian in the 1920s, and the way she was treated for her then very . . .

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The Well of Loneliness is a 1928 lesbian novel by the British author Radclyffe Hall. It follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-­class family whose "sexual inversion" (that is, homosexuality) is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation and rejection, which Hall depicts as having a debilitating effect on inverts. The novel portrays inversion as a natural, God-­given state and makes an explicit plea: "Give us also the right to our existence".­[1]
The Well became the target of a campaign by James Douglas, editor of the Sunday Express newspaper, who wrote "I would rather give a healthy boy or a healthy girl a phial of prus...

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is probably the most famous lesbian novel ever written, and certainly the most widely read. It contains no explicit sex scenes, yet in 1928, the year in which the novel was published, it was deemed obscene in a British court of law for its defense of sexual inversion and was forbidden for sale or import into England. Its author, Radclyffe Hall, was already well-­known as a writer and West End celebrity, but the fame and notoriety of that one book has all but eclipsed a literary output of some half-­dozen other novels and several volumes of poetry. In Richard Dellamora offers the first full look at the entire range of Hall's published and unpublished works of fiction, poetry, and autobiography and reads through them to demonstrate how she continually played with the details of her own life to help fashion her own identity as well as to bring into existence a public lesbian culture. Along the way, Dellamora revises many of the truisms about Hall that had their origins in the memoirs . . .

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Richard Dellamora offers the first full look at the entire range of Hall's published and unpublished works of fiction, poetry, and autobiography and reads through them to demonstrate how she continually played with the details of her own life to help fashion her own identity as well as to bring into existence a public lesbian culture.

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Radclyffe Hall was one of the most pre-­eminent female writers in the first half of the 20th century. Hall was famous for her openly homosexual lifestyle and high profile relationships, her most well known novel was the classic 'The Well of Loneliness', the novel was criticised and finally banned in the United Kingdom after a newspaper campaign which led to a court case which judged it obscene for defending "unnatural practices between women". This biography is an insight into the life of Radclyffe Hall, a women who is still talked about as a pioneer by some but is vilified by others for reinforcing homophobic stereotypes. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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A motor ambulance unit of British women drivers did very fine service upon the Allied Front in France during the later months of the war, but although the unit mentioned in this book, of which Stephen Gordon becomes a member, operates in much the same area, it has never had any existence save in the author's imagination.

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The Definitive Edition of THE WELL OF LONELINESS
-­Illustrations from the life and times of Radclyffe Hall, plus the original notes from the first edition
-­Complete, unabridged, and formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-­Linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

THE BANNED CLASSIC LESBIAN NOVEL, COMPLETE AND UNEXPURGATED
“Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, a candid, semi-­autobiographical novel about coming to terms with a lesbian identity, brought to the forefront the question of whether or not the frank portrayal of lesbianism in a book was grounds for charges of obscenity. First published July 1928 in England by Jonathan Cape, The Well was soon seized and criminalized for violating the Obscene Publications Act of 1857” Sherri Liberman, New York Public Library Blog

“A classic novel and beautifully written, it was at times painful to read the story of Stephen, a lesbian in the 1920s, and the way she was treated for her then very . . .

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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.

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From distinguished biographer Diana Souhami comes a fascinating look at one of the twentieth century’s most intriguing lesbian literary figures

Born in 1880, Marguerite Radclyffe-­Hall was a young unwanted child when her parents put an end to their tempestuous marriage by filing for divorce. She had already made tentative forays into lesbian love when her father died, leaving her an heiress at eighteen. Her income assured, Hall moved out of her mother’s house, renamed herself John in honor of her great-­great-­grandfather, and divided her time among hunting, traveling, and pursuing women. She began to write—songs, poetry, prose, and short stories—and achieved success as a novelist, but it was with the publication of The Well of Loneliness in 1928 that Radclyffe Hall became an internationally known figure. Dubbed the “bible of lesbianism,­” the book caused a scandal on both sides of the Atlantic. Though moralistic in tone, because of its subject matter it was tried as obscene in . . .

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Radclyffe Hall was one of the most pre-­eminent female writers in the first half of the 20th century. Hall was famous for her openly homosexual lifestyle and high profile relationships, her most well known novel was the classic 'The Well of Lonelin...

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Author: Hall, Radclyffe Publisher: London : J. and E. Bumpus ltd. Year published: 1906 Book contributor: University of California Libraries Language: en 7 downloads in the last month

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