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Radclyffe Hall : a woman called John

Author: Sally Cline
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cline, Sally.
Radclyffe Hall.
Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 1998
(OCoLC)656458131
Named Person: Radclyffe Hall; Radclyffe Hall
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sally Cline
ISBN: 0879518316 9780879518318
OCLC Number: 37310687
Description: xiv, 434 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: What's in a Name? 1880-1906 --
Early Naming --
In the Name of the Fathers --
Renaming Love --
Poetry and Passion 1907-1916 --
The Sweetest Violet --
The April Grandmother --
Sapphists, Suffrage and Catholic Conversion --
First Fictions, First Infidelities --
From a Lapse to a Life: Una Troubridge --
Spiritualist to Spiritual Novelist 1916-1927 --
The Penitential Period --
Striking Out --
Finding Her Voice --
The Twenties --
Forging Ahead --
Critical Acclaim --
Crusade and Martyrdom 1928-1933 --
Boldness --
The Well --
The Trolley Years --
The Rye Relationship --
The Book of Letters 1934-1943 --
Souline --
Same Heart and Severe Differences --
Sickness, Death and Beyond --
After Words.
Responsibility: Sally Cline.

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.

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