The Well of Loneliness

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Wordsworth Editions, 2005 - Fiction - 414 pages
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‘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.

  

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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)

Marguerite Antonia Radclyffe-Hall was an English poet and author best known for her moving novel, The Well of Loneliness, which was an earnest appeal for sexual tolerance. The financial security provided by an inheritance from her grandfather allowed Hall the freedom to pursue writing full-time, and she went on to pen fifteen novels and poetry collections during her career. She was a member of the PEN club and a recipient of Gold Medal of the Eichelbergher Humane Award. Hall died in 1943 from colon cancer.

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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