The Well of Loneliness

An early American edition of Radclyffe Hall's classic


Radclyffe Hall


Blue Ribbon Books, New York, 1932
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Printing Details

Reprint (copyright date given as 1928 but previously published titles includes The Master of the House [1932]). Hardback in dustwrapper. Untrimmed fore-edge. 20.5 × 14cm, 506pp.

Not signed, but for some reason, a previous owner has written composer Ivor Novello's name and address to the front flap of the dustwrapper.

Stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions. The Well of Loneliness was banned for obscenity when published in 1928. It became an international bestseller, and for decades was the single most famous lesbian novel. It has influenced how love between women is understood, for the twentieth century and beyond.


The book is in strong readable condition with some browning to the pages and rubbing to the binding. The dustwrapper has some light edgewear but is now within a protective sleeve.

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