The Well of Loneliness

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Wordsworth Editions, 2005 - Fiction - 414 pages
17 Reviews

‘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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User Review  - Kirby - Goodreads

I found this book to be a heartbreaking tale of love and ones desire to understand themselves and fit it. A brillantly written book, with a clear understanding of homosexuality and the loneliness one experiences when outcast by those they love. A must read for anyone. Read full review

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User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

this book was banned in England on publication in 1928, which of course made it a huge bestseller. and as it was published in France and the USA, it was easy to obtain copies. and, of course, it is so ... Read full review

Contents

Preface v
v
Introduction viii
viii
The Sign of the Cross 1
1
The Gathering 4
4
Standing Together 8
8
Kneeling Together 12
12
Genuflecting 15
15
Being Seated 19
19
Proclaiming 27
27
Listening 31
31
Striking Ones Breast 35
35
Walking in Procession 39
39
Observing 42
42
Singing 46
46
Baptismal Bathing 50
50
Copyright

Being Silent 23
23

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About the author (2005)

Esther Saxey received her D.Phil, in English literature from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. She has published on the interconnection of sexuality and narrative in various texts, including Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (Reading The Lord of the Rings, 2006), the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Reading the Vampire Slayer, 2002) and the Love and Rockets comics series by Jaime Hernandez (2006). She has also provided a critical introduction and notes for the Wordsworth editions of The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, and Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

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