The Well Of Loneliness - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Well Of Loneliness - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Published: 03/07/2008
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THE MOST FAMOUS LESBIAN NOVEL FOR DECADES - AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

'The bible of lesbianism' THE TIMES

'A beacon for sexual self-discovery' HEPHZIBAH ANDERSON, BBC CULTURE

'One of the first and most influential contributions of gay and lesbian literature' NEW STATESMAN

A powerful novel of love between women, The Well of Loneliness brought about the most famous legal trial for obscenity in the history of British law. Banned on publication in 1928, it then went on to become a classic bestseller.

'What do I care for the world's opinion? What do I care for anything but you!'

Stephen Gordon (named by a father desperate for a son) is not like other girls: she hunts, she fences, she reads books, wears trousers and longs to cut her hair. She is an ideal child of aristocratic parents who grows up to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women.

In the stifling grandeur of Morton Hall, the locals begin to draw away from her, aware of some indefinable thing that sets her apart. And when Stephen Gordon reaches maturity, she falls passionately in love with another woman. As her ambitions drive and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions.

Introduced by Diana Souhami, author of the acclaimed biography The Trials of Radclyffe Hall.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844085156
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 351 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The bible of lesbianism - The Times

The outpouring of support Hall received from members of the public around the world, who wrote to thank her for creating, in her heroine Stephen Gordon, a character with whom they could identify - Alison Flood, Guardian

Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness still holds a place as a beacon for sexual self-discovery - Hephzibah Anderson, BBC Culture

A pioneering lesbian novel - Daily Telegraph

Beautifully written and constructed, with delightful prose. It is the standard-bearer; the lesbian The Grapes of Wrath - Lee Lynch

The archetypal lesbian novel - Times Literary Supplement

One of the first and most influential contributions of gay and lesbian literature - New Statesman

Passionately felt and courageous - Spectator

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“Tragic and Poweful. Shudders with Empathy”

“The Well of Loneliness” is not to be read lightly, for its title does not exaggerate. It is tragic and powerful; it shudders with empathy and spiritual resilience.

First published in 1928, it tells the tale of Miss... More

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“Daring for it's time...”

I had heard a lot about this book prior to reading it, but I'm sorry to say I was disappointed.

I'm sure that the self pitying meandering of the protagonist may well have been radical at the time of... More

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“'Poets will write with their pens dipped in blood.'”

Flicking through it in store, I was a little dubious at first and uncertain if it would be to my taste. I have never been more pleased to be so wrong. For the most part, the characters are fleshed out and the... More

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