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Rk and today it is recognized as a landmark work of gay fictionThis edition contains extra information and archival material that tells the fascinating story behind The Well's controversial publication trial and ban in 19 Recently in these parts I declared that this novel was so dull that today it is essentially unreadable and that its lasting importance has everything to do with history and not a thing to do with art And I still generally stand behind these sentiments BUTI read it And I kind of enjoyed it at least in parts I had based the above judgements on reading the first 60 pages or so in retrospect the weakest section of the entire novel and upon my decision to incorporate it in a paper on the ueer writing of Djuna Barnes and Charles Henri Ford I felt it was my duty to give it a fair assessment As expected it was about twice as long as necessary and there are whole chapters that serve no purpose than to reinforce the inherent moral virtue of the main character Stephen Gordon a British writer with an aristocratic background clearly modeled on Hall s own life Hall s prose has its own uniue sense of lyricism but it s about as delicate as a bulldozer which also accurately describes Hall s approach to the self proclaimed purpose of the novel to justify the existence of the congenital invert This means that we get a number of polemical proclamations that are as jarring narratively as they often are in regards to content with the terrible bonds of her true nature she could bind Mary fast and the pain would be sweetness so that the girl would cry out for that sweetness hugging her chains always closer to her The world would condemn but they would rejoice glorious outcasts unashamed triumphant Oy As usual Virginia Woolf gives a crystalline beautifully backhanded summation that expresses the situation better than I possibly could the dullness of the book is such that any indecency may lurk there one simply can t keep one s eyes on the page And yet and yet I can t help but find some merit in it as well and even feel something for it almost bordering on affection This novel has undoubtedly meant a good deal to countless gay people since its first publication in 1928 that uickly turned into a notorious frenzied censorship trial a la Oscar Wilde and there are moments uite a few moments even that are genuinely moving in their characterizations of the plight non heterosexuals experience within a often hostile society and the internal turmoil this inevitably creates And if it s not exactly art there is something to be said in Hall s defense that she made the conscious decision to boldly render if sometimes inelegantly the love that dare not speak its name in no uncertain terms And while I might vastly prefer the labyrinthine high modernist obfuscations of Barnes Ford Stein and other contemporaneous ueer writers with The Well of Loneliness Hall established a place amongst this illustrious group that is in its own way uniue and ultimately well deserved 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that serve no purpose than to Hour of the Beast reinforce the inherent moral virtue of the main character Stephen Gordon a British writer with an aristocratic background clearly modeled on Hall s own life Hall s prose has its own uniue sense of lyricism but it s about as delicate as a bulldozer which also accurately describes Hall s approach to the self proclaimed purpose of the novel to justify the existence of the congenital invert This means that we get a number of polemical proclamations that are as jarring narratively as they often are in Dictionary Of Dreams regards to content with the terrible bonds of her true nature she could bind Mary fast and the pain would be sweetness so that the girl would cry out for that sweetness hugging her chains always closer to her The world would condemn but they would The Love of a Latino rejoice glorious outcasts unashamed triumphant Oy As usual Virginia Woolf gives a crystalline beautifully backhanded summation that expresses the situation better than I possibly could the dullness of the book is such that any indecency may lurk there one simply can t keep one s eyes on the page And yet and yet I can t help but find some merit in it as well and even feel something for it almost bordering on affection This novel has undoubtedly meant a good deal to countless gay people since its first publication in 1928 that uickly turned into a notorious frenzied censorship trial a la Oscar Wilde and there are moments uite a few moments even that are genuinely moving in their characterizations of the plight non heterosexuals experience within a often hostile society and the internal turmoil this inevitably creates And if it s not exactly art there is something to be said in Hall s defense that she made the conscious decision to boldly Other Days, Other Eyes render if sometimes inelegantly the love that dare not speak its name in no uncertain terms And while I might vastly prefer the labyrinthine high modernist obfuscations of Barnes Ford Stein and other contemporaneous ueer writers with The Well of Loneliness Hall established a place amongst this illustrious group that is in its own way uniue and ultimately well deserved

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The Well of Loneliness

The Well of Loneliness tells the story of tomboyish Stephen who hunts wears trousers and cuts her hair short and who gradually comes to realize that she is attracted to women Charting her romantic and professional adventu what could have been a fascinating chronicle of a tough butch interloper challenging mainstream society becomes the drippy tale of a woman who just wants to be loved and the cruel little bitch who leads her on oh what a deep well the writing s pretty swell though that can t be denied tres elegante i was reminded of em forster s eually drippy eually beautiful but rather enjoyable Maurice plus i actually preferred the wish fulfillment of Maurice sad to say guess i m not such a hardcore ueer polemicist after allhere s an update got into a great argument over this book Well of Loneliness passionate defender insisted that the character of the so called cruel little bitch needs to be understood in the context of the time period the CLB had few options others than being well a CLB apparently she was not the villain after all she was a victim of fate and circumstance just making do with the options she was given a girl s gotta do what a girl s gotta do to make the rent ain t nuthin goin on but the rent okay well i suppose that s a pretty good point but is it enough to posthumously award an extra star to the novel to even revivify it in my memory i think not the Well of Loneliness and its eye rolling histrionics still feel dead to me

review The Well of Loneliness

Res during the First World War and beyond the novel provoked a furore on first publication in 1928 for its lesbian heroine and led to a notorious legal trial for obscenity Hall herself however saw the book as a pioneer wo this book was banned in England on publication in 1928 which of course made it a huge bestseller and as it was published in France and the USA it was easy to obtain copiesand of course it is so tame by today s standards the most explicit line in the book is she kissed her full on the lips like a lover but the powers that be in England judged anything even hinting at lesbianism to be immoralin any event it is a very fine novel on it s own merits and I really enjoyed it the author uses the word ueer extremely often every few pages it seems but not in the context of referring to the lesbians in the book so I was wondering if that led to the word s current usage of referring to gays and lesbiansthroughout the book the author is obviously trying to get across the point that lesbians should be treated the same as anybody else which of course they should be but the main character Stephen who is a female despite the name is portrayed as being very lonely and unhappy for most of the book and the ending kind of makes you wonder whether the author thinks it s better not to be a lesbiananyway it s an excellent book which was republished by Virago in 1982 and has been reprinted almost every year since so it is obviously finding new readers even nowhighly recommended


10 thoughts on “The Well of Loneliness

  1. says:

    it should be MANDATORY that everyone reads this book everyone there isn't anything too astounding about her writing style and nothing too deep about it either anyone could pick up this book and see clearly everything she's very clearly alluding to so there isn't much mystery but instead a whole lot of straightforward ho

  2. says:

    If you are looking for cheerful and upliftin

  3. says:

    what could have been a fascinating chronicle of a tough butch interloper challenging mainstream society becomes the drippy tale of a woman who just wants to be loved and the cruel little bitch who leads her on oh w

  4. says:

    ‘God’ she gasped we believe; we have told You we believe We have not denied You then rise up and defend us Acknowledge us oh God before the whole world Give us also the right to our existence’ First things first the cover on this edition is absurdly unrepresentative of the book Second I liked the book I would even recommend the book it's just that it should come with a few notes 1 It is endlessly long An

  5. says:

    I read The Well of Loneliness because of was very interested in reading novels on homosexuality I needed something to relate to The book centers around a girl whose father desperately wanted a boy and so named her Stephen Throughout her chil

  6. says:

    this book was banned in England on publication in 1928 which of course made it a huge bestseller and as it was p

  7. says:

    If one thinks of The Well of Loneliness as having been written by a homophobic sexist straight man then it begi

  8. says:

    Recently in these parts I declared that this novel was so dull that today it is essentially unreadable and that its lasting importance has everything to do with history and not a thing to do with art And I still generally stand behind these sentiments BUTI read it And I kind of enjoyed it at least in parts I had based the above judgements on reading the first 60 pages or so in retrospect the weakest section of the enti

  9. says:

    James Douglas editor of the Sunday Express wrote Am well aware that sexual inversion and perversion are horrors which exist among us today They flaunt themselves in public places I would rather give a healthy boy or a heal

  10. says:

    Alternative title The deep deep pitiful well of loneliness I mean I knew this would be sad but I hoped it wouldn't be uite as despairing I suppose the clue was in the name and the fact this is early 20th century lesbian fiction which

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