The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories
Viking, 1993 - Lesbians - 429 pages
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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After dinner I asked if she would mind if I took a bath . Since I had started working at age thirteen , I had a need to break the work day from my own time by taking a bath . The hot water marked the border between my world and theirs .
No one asked you what it was for or where it came from . We remembered that day for ever . The next day we told all the other houses about it . Some people from other houses said things to you , like they'd heard about it and wished ...
But , when she asked him what he wanted her to do , he couldn't say . Gillian suggested that his image of a wife was a warm statue , breathing quietly in the corner of the couch , not even turning her own pages to disturb his reading .
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SARAH ORNE JEWETT Marthas Lady 1897 I
RENÉE VIVIEN Prince Charming 1904 translated
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