The Well of Loneliness Paperback – Jul 3 2008
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'The archetypal lesbian novel, the one whose title, at least, is familiar to everyone' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
About the Author
Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall (1883-1943) was born in Hampshire and educated at King's College Cambridge. She published five volumes of poetry and seven novels. THE WELL OF LONELINESS, describing the lesbian 'invert' Stephen, was banned on publication in 1928. Two years later she received the Eichelbergher Humane Award.
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it seems quite obvious that stephen gordon, the heroine (or should i say hero?) of the book, would never have questioned the moral conventions and gender roles of her times, had she not been born to be what she was--in short, a male soul trapped inside a female body (though hall, true to her style, never just says so). for she totally identified herself with a (upper-class) society of so-called respectability, honor, refinement, etc., which constitutes a mentality not really, uh, let's say "progressive". while crying out against the outrage against and persecution of lesbians and gays, stephen remained disconcertingly vague in her attitude toward effeminate males (such as the character jonathan brockett), feeling much more at ease with and indeed seeking the acceptance of straight (and presumably manly) men.Read more ›
If the book has a single, major failing, it is that Hall dwells on reminding the reader as often as possible that Stephen, the protagonist, is "different"; indeed, the word "queer" turns up more times than some of the sensitive sorts may find tolerable. There is also more than sufficient melodrama, which will surely be a turn-off for some--the focus of the novel, rather than the execution, is its true strength.
Nevertheless, the sincerity behind every delivery, no matter how drawn-out, makes this book a worthy addition to any collection. Hall lived this woe--survived the bitterness, anxieties, and, of course, loneliness--that, above all, is what makes this novel outstanding, and a personal favorite of mine.
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This novel is poignant and painful and beautifully written. It's subject is timelessPublished 13 months ago by simone serra
Superb book, gripping, real, the characters are incredible, the descriptions are wonderfully visual. A+Published 20 months ago by Pricey
Well it's a story of Stephan who is named such because her father wanted a boy. It's a story of her coming to terms with her sexuality and eventually falling in love but will her... Read morePublished on March 29 2014 by Kate
I have just finished reading "The Well Of Loneliness" and have mixed emotions about it.First of all, even though some of its melodramatic prose is definitely outdated, however some... Read morePublished on May 24 2004
As a male, hetrosexual, I decided that I should read this classic. I found it slow, but was interested in the way the author portrayed society. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by David C Polk
I first read this book when I was 12 years old, (during WWII). I was fortunate that my father allowed me to read anything I desired. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by G. Green
~I'm not quite sure whether to love of despise this book. It's so wrong in it's truthfulness and yet seems so dellusional. Read morePublished on July 26 2001
This book is to be recommended not only to the lesbian or "invert," but to all sensitive souls who have felt themselves "outcast from life's feast," to borrow... Read morePublished on May 8 2001 by Daniel Myers
Regardless of one's orientation, this work should be read - if for no other reason, to ensure oneself that we all are, most beautifully, outside the mold, whether it's in our... Read morePublished on April 23 2001 by Melanie K Budzienski