The Well of Loneliness Paperback – Jul 3 2008
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Hall (1880-1943) was legendary in her own time--or infamous, some might say--for her fifth novel, The Well of Loneliness (1928). The book was banned for obscenity because its main character is a lesbian, and it subsequently became a notorious best-seller, thrusting Hall into a literary rogues' gallery of fame. Cline uses previously unexplored material to create a biography of the now largely forgotten author that portrays the dense interrelationship of her writings, her childhood, and her friends and loves. Hall called herself by three names: Marguerite, the name with which she had been christened and which she hated, given as it was by the mother she despised; John, her chosen name, which she used among her associates; and Radclyffe, her pen name. The three often enigmatic selves these names indicated formed her public and private personae. The roots giving rise to her international lesbian best-seller are traceable to her early adolescent loves as well as her affairs with married sculptor Una Troubridge and many others--matters that Cline presents in a lively and readable style. Whitney Scott --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'The archetypal lesbian novel, the one whose title, at least, is familiar to everyone' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENTSee all Product Description
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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 10 months ago by simone serra
Superb book, gripping, real, the characters are incredible, the descriptions are wonderfully visual. A+Published 17 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
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
more than merely an amazing piece of literature, _the well of loneliness_ is one of the most significant pieces of history of the twentieth century. Read morePublished on March 8 2001 by Yiannis Psaroudis