- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (28 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780878788
- ISBN-13: 978-1780878782
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 20.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Trials of Radclyffe Hall Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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Radclyffe Hall is most famous for The Well of Loneliness, her landmark novel about lesbian love. It became a cause célèbre in 1928 when the British establishment put her publishers on trial under the Obscene Publications Act and her book was 'burned in the King's furnace'. But Radclyffe Hall's trials were congenital, familial and romantic as well as legal. Born in 1880 in Bournemouth in a house inappropriately named 'Sunny Lawn', her mother drank gin in an attempt to terminate the pregnancy and her father fled the family home. Life changed for Radclyffe Hall when aged eighteen she inherited her father's estate. She was free to travel, employ servants, call herself John, write novels and pursue women. In this brilliantly written, witty and satirical biography Diana Souhami brings a fresh and irreverent eye to the life of this extraordinary woman.See all Product Description
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Perhaps most famous as the author of 'The Well of Loneliness', a lesbian novel famously banned for obscenity, this biography tells how the trauma of Marguerite's early life had such an influence on her writing and her lifestyle. Mannish in her appearance, Radclyffe Hall had three serious affairs with women lasting many years. Her lifestyle was extravagant, travelling extensively and keeping various pets (usually discarded after a short period for various faults), Radclyffe wrote several books but none matched the impact of 'The Well...'
Souhami is an excellent biographer who produces an unflinching portrait of a woman I found hard to like. Yes, she suffered because of her sexual proclivities but she chose to flaunt her 'inversion' in a conservative society. She felt that she was a great writer but critics were not in agreement and, whilst her most famous oeuvre was banned for obscenity, there was no sex in it. As a sexual predator and great manipulator of her lovers Hall does not present as a sympathetic character but Souhami does a great job of placing her actions into context.
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Exactly as expected and I found the book, in beautiful condition, very interesting, and again I had no complaints about delivery.Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Adrienne Bianchet
This is an excellent and meticulously researched biography of Radclyffe Hall and her circle, and brilliantly evokes the lesbian milieu she moved in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amanda Jenkinson