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Radclyffe Hall : a woman called John / Sally Cline
Bib ID 1923033
Format BookBook
Author
Cline, Sally
 
Edition 1st ed. 
Description Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 1998 
xiv, 434 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
p. cm. 
ISBN 0879518316
Summary

Radclyffe Hall was a legend in her own lifetime and her fame has never faded. She was also a lesbian, which became part of that legend. Christened Marguerite, a shy child with golden curls and Victorian muslin dresses, she became - at a time when men wore the trousers - a flamboyant character who smoked small green cigars, cross-dressed in Chinese silk smoking jackets, and called herself John. In 1928, when she was forty-eight, her fifth novel, The Well of Loneliness, was banned for obscenity, despite protests from leading literary and political figures, turning the book into a bestseller and bringing Hall literary fame.

First a serious poet and novelist, then a cause celebre, Hall was also a sometime feminist, a member of the Natalie Barney-Djuna Barnes Paris circle, and a Catholic convert who believed in spiritualism. In this, the first major biography of this influential, ultra-flamboyant lesbian novelist, Sally Cline uses new material to explore the connections among Hall's writing, life, and milieu, meticulously analyzing the effects on a writer of her readiness to become a martyr to a cause.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [408]-415) and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Hall, Radclyffe.  |  Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.  |  Lesbians -- Great Britain -- Biography.

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