Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall

Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall Joanne Glasgow / Dec 06, 2019

Your John The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall Passionate and revealing love letters from the iconic lesbian novelist Radclyffe Hall is getting a fresh look Glasgow has chosen these letters well and provides helpful context Kirkus Review Many assu

  • Title: Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall
  • Author: Radclyffe Hall Joanne Glasgow
  • ISBN: 9780814730928
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Passionate and revealing love letters from the iconic lesbian novelist Radclyffe Hall is getting a fresh look Glasgow has chosen these letters well and provides helpful context Kirkus Review Many assumptions have been made about the degree to which Radclyffe Hall s lesbian classic, The Well of Loneliness, may be autobiographical Your John dismisses such n Passionate and revealing love letters from the iconic lesbian novelist Radclyffe Hall is getting a fresh look Glasgow has chosen these letters well and provides helpful context Kirkus Review Many assumptions have been made about the degree to which Radclyffe Hall s lesbian classic, The Well of Loneliness, may be autobiographical Your John dismisses such notions This exhaustive collection of letters written between 1934 and 1942 to Evguenia Souline, a White Russian emigre with whom Hall fell deeply in love are detailed, intimate records of Hall s personal life and convictions the collection is a heart wrenching record of how politics, money, and geography converged to undermine these women s dreams Publisher s WeeklyThis landmark book represents the first publication of original writing by Radclyffe Hall, author of The Well of Loneliness, in over 50 years.One of the most famous and influential lesbian novelists of the twentieth century, Hall became a cause clbre in 1928, upon the publication of her novel The Well of Loneliness, when the British government brought action on behalf of the Crown to declare the book obscene Probably the most widely read lesbian novel ever written, the book has been continuously in print since its first publication and remains to this day an important part of the literary landscape.Expertly deciphered and edited by Hall scholar and biographer Joanne Glasgow, Your John is a selection of Hall s love letters to Evguenia Souline, a White Russian emigre with whom Hall fell completely and passionately in love in the summer of 1934 Written between this first meeting and the onset of Hall s last illness in 1942, these letters detail Hall s growing obsession, the pain to her life partner Una Troubridge of this betrayal, and the poignant hopelessness of a happy resolution for any of the three women It was ultimately this relationship, Glasgow argues, which tragically precipitated the decline in Hall s creative work and her health The letters also provide important new information about her views on lesbianism and take us well beyond the artistic limits she imposed on the characters in The Well of Loneliness They shed light on her views on religion, politics, war, and the literary and artistic scene Illuminating both the nature of her relationships and her views on the current politics of the time, Your John will greatly extend the range of our knowledge about Radclyffe Hall.

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      • Radclyffe Hall Joanne Glasgow

        Marguerite Radclyffe Hall was born on the south coast of England Her mother may have battered her, while her father, a playboy known as Rat , ignored her In the drawing rooms of Edwardian society, Marguerite made a small name for herself as a poet and librettist In 1907 she met a middle aged fashionable singer, Mrs Mabel Batten, known as Ladye , who introduced her to influential people Batten and Radclyffe Hall entered into a long term relationship But before Batten died in 1916, Radclyffe Hall, known in private as John , had taken up with the second love of her life, Una, Lady Troubridge, who gave up her own creative aspirations she was the first English translator of the French novelist Colette to manage the household which she shared with John for 28 years With Batten, Radclyffe Hall converted to Catholicism in the company of Una, she pursued an interst in animals and spiritualism In later life, Radclyffe Hall chased after a younger woman named Evguenia Souline, a White Russian refugee She died from cancer of the colon in October 1943.As Radclyffe Hall no hyphen prefixed neither by John nor Marguerite , she published a volume of stories, Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself 1934 , which describes how British society utilised masculine women during the First World War and then dropped them afterwards, and a total of seven novels However, the novel on which Radclyffe Hall s reputation rests primarily is The Well of Loneliness 1928.The novel was successfully prosecuted for obscenity when if first came out, and remained banned in Britain until 1948 Vilified as the bible of lesbianism by fire and brimstone reactionaries In the seventies, the halcyon days of radical feminism, it was hailed as the first portrayal of a butch woman.


    876 Comments

    1. I very much enjoyed reading this collection of love letters! I did not find it depressing or sad until the very end but was blown away by the passionate energy the letters convey. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the life of this intriguing lesbian icon. True, some of the sentiments she expresses at times are over the top but that is who she was and I was fascinated to get a glimpse into her deepest self.


    2. Interesting, especially since the love affair is told from Hall's point of view and not a biographer's. (The author does mention her views on the triangle in the inrtoduction but it does not distract from the letters). It did take a long time to get through because the letters became increasingly depressing but all in all, I thought it was well worth reading.



    3. Beautifully written and often very funny and passionate love letters. I would have liked it if Souline's letters were available as well but seeing as they were destroyed just having Hall's letters to her are nice.


    4. this was really interesting but im trying to forget i read it- radclyffe doesnt seem like she was a very nice person.


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