The Penguin book of lesbian short stories

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Margaret Reynolds
Viking, 1993 - Literary Collections - 429 pages
4 Reviews
The anxiety of unresolved desire is present in many stories - Radclyffe Hall's Miss Ogilvy is unable truly to find herself in this world, Djuna and Lillian hold back from each other in Anais Nin's "Cities of the Interior," and the energy and commitment that should go into a loving relationship are stifled by convention in Jane Rule's story of passion outside marriage. But here are brave spirits, too - Renee Vivien's Sarolta and her Prince(ss) live forever in a vision of ideal tenderness, Colette's heroines preserve the sanctity of their little white bed, and Jewelle Gomez's bulldagger society survives far from the haunts of men. There are coming-out stories, stories about cross-dressing, vampire tales, science fiction, parody, and romance.

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Review: The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories

User Review  - Freyja Vanadis - Goodreads

There were very few stories in this book that were worthwhile; many of the stories and poems were written by historic lesbians of the early 20th century, like Radclyffe Hall. Read full review

Review: The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories

User Review  - Korri - Goodreads

So far I'm pleased with this anthology, not least of all because it features 'happy' stories instead of the large body of literature demonizing or diagnosing lesbians (while Faderman's anthology Chloe ... Read full review


SARAH ORNE JEWETT Marthas Lady 1897
RENEE VIVIEN Prince Charming 1904 translated
The Wise Sappho r 191618

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