The Well of Loneliness: Wordsworth Classics

Autor Radclyffe Hall Esther Saxey
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 2014

‘As a man loved a woman, that was how I loved…It was good, good, good…’

Stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents – a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions. "The Well of Loneliness" was banned for obscenity when published in 1928. It became an international bestseller, and for decades was the single most famous lesbian novel. It has influenced how love between women is understood, for the twentieth century and beyond.

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ISBN-13: 9781840224559
ISBN-10: 184022455X
Pagini: 414
Dimensiuni: 124 x 196 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.3 kg
Editura: Wordsworth Editions
Seria Wordsworth Classics

Locul publicării:United Kingdom

Notă biografică

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 inThe Well of Lonelinessoccasioned 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 includingTwixt Earth and Stars: Poems(1906) andSongs 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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Originally published in 1928, Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness is the timeless story of a lesbian couple's struggle to be accepted by "polite" society. Shockingly candid for its time, this novel was the very first to condemn homophobic society for its unfair treatment of gays and lesbians.