FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
The Well of Loneliness has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See more of our deals.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Well of Loneliness Paperback – Jul 3 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

See all 31 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, Jul 3 2008
CDN$ 15.99
CDN$ 4.67 CDN$ 0.01

Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping for Six Months When You Try Amazon Student
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Well of Loneliness
  • +
  • Nights at the Circus
  • +
  • Transgender History
Total price: CDN$ 50.37
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (July 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844085155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844085156
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description


'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.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
This novel in to be recommnded not only to lesbians and "inverts." It is to be recommended to all sensitive souls and lovers of beauty and artists and all who feel themselves terribly rejected by mainstream culture. The prose in itself is beautifully written in a manner that few books of any sort are today. If this lovely style is "long-winded," as one reviewer dubbed it, then today's literary culture would do well to open the door and let some air in, regardless of the season! The book that comes closest, oddly, to the style of Hall's masterpiece is the contemporary "straight" Bildungsroman of Thomas Wolfe-Look Homeward, Angel. Hall is more effective, though, in bringing home "the pain of all beauty," and I found myself having to put the bok down several times to clear the salty blur from my eyes, such is its poignancy. Oddly again, the storyline of Hall's book and the plight of Stephen Gordon remind me of nothing so much as Rousseau in his Confessions.-Then again, none of this should really be surprising. All three were sensitiive geniuses who suffered through much of their lives. This book will strike a chord of love in you, if you, like Hall and her protagonist, have ever felt " a soul that wakes up to find itself wandering, unwanted, between the spheres."
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
i just translated the book into chinese so i guess i did some pretty close reading :). while the novel is undoubtedly a milestone in the history of english literature, lesbian culture, and the battle against censorship, its literary merits leave something to be desired. radclyffe hall's prose is ornate and even over-dramatizing at times, and i find the frequent insertion of french phrases and sentences redundant and affected. the situations and emotions are relevant, poignant, and often depicted with insight, but because the mood and the tone of the narrative is so persistently intensive it does tend to get tedious after a while--which can be well before one finishes the book.
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 ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Radclyffe Hall (1883-1943) spent much of her time in Paris in pursuit of her lover, Evguenia Souline, and in many ways it is very difficult to separate Hall's writing from her own life. She had to make a constant effort to endure misunderstanding, intolerance and ostracism -- all because of her sexuality. "The Well of Loneliness" is a classic tale of lesbian love, but 1928 was to prove an unfortunate year for Hall to issue this powerful "crie de coeur." Like D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" a few years later, Hall's novel was banned as obscene after a lengthy and infamous trial. Despite this, "The Well of Loneliness" commands our attention as we watch the lesbian protagonist Stephen Gordon -- a nonconformist, deviant, or to use Hall's own phrase, an "invert" -- stagger so beautifully and chaotically close to the edge of life. In Hall's story, Sir Philip and Lady Gordon crave a son and heir to Morton Hall. Strangely, when their only child is a girl, they name her Stephen. But Stephen's upbringing is a little unorthodox -- she learns to ride, fence and hunt, all so-called masculine pursuits, and before long she recognizes that she is being treated as an outsider by the people of Great Malvern. She stays away from society parties, resists all attempts at heterosexual courtship and, gradually, begins to fell the pain of isolation, venturing to understand herself in quasi-biblical terms as "one of those whom God marked on the Cain." Like a raven circling the heart, the social pressures become too much for Stephen. She sets sail for Paris.Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
"The Well of Loneliness" may use dated prose, may seem unlike our day and age, and may suffer from being all but overwrought with its message, but at its core it is a beautiful, insightful novel. The central theme - alienation - has the capacity to appeal to, and attract, nearly anybody. One need not be a lesbian (as I am not) to understand the message the story conveys.
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews