The Well of Loneliness - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)Radclyffe Hall (author)
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The seminal work of gay literature that sparked an infamous legal trial for obscenity and went on to become a bestseller, The Well of Loneliness tells the story of tomboyish Stephen, who hunts, wears trousers and cuts her hair short - and who gradually comes to realise that she is attracted to women.
Charting her romantic and professional adventures during the First World War and beyond, the novel provoked a furore on first publication in 1928 for its lesbian heroine and led to a notorious legal trial for obscenity. Hall herself, however, saw the book as a pioneer work and today it is recognised as a landmark work of gay fiction.
This Penguin edition includes a new introduction by Maureen Duffy.
Radclyffe Hall was born in 1880. After an unhappy childhood, she inherited her father's estate and from then on was free to travel and live as she chose. She fell in love and lived with an older woman before settling down with Una Troubridge, a married sculptor. Hall wrote many books but is best known for The Well of Loneliness, first published in 1928. She died in 1943 and is buried in Highgate Cemetery in London.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 351 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'The archetypal lesbian novel' - Times Literary Supplement
'One of the first and most influential contributions of gay and lesbian literature' - New Statesman
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