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Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928 (Hardback)
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Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928 (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 06/07/2004
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"Intimate Friends" explores the fascinating history of the erotic friendships of educated English and American women over the 150-year period leading up to the 1928 publication of Radclyffe Hall's landmark novel, "The Well of Loneliness". Distinguished scholar Martha Vicinus explores all-female communities, liaisons between younger and older women, the female rake, and even mother-daughter affection. Women, she reveals, drew upon a rich religious vocabulary to describe elusive and complex erotic feelings. Drawing upon diaries, letters, and other archival sources, Vicinus brings to life a variety of well-known and historically less recognized women, ranging from the predatory Ann Lister (who documented her sexual activities in code), to Mary Benson (the wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury), to the coterie of wealthy Anglo-American lesbians living in Paris. In vivid and colorful prose, "Intimate Friends" offers a remarkable picture of women navigating the uncharted territory of same-sex desire.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226855639
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 696 g
Dimensions: 238 x 167 x 29 mm

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