The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories
Viking, 1993 - Lesbianism - 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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To this Miss Pyne had gone , stately in appearance and carrying gifts of some old
family silver which bore the Vernon crest , but not without some protest in her
heart against the uncertainties of married life . Helena was so equal to a happy ...
I would hug it to my heart . Yes , hopeless . It was that that gave my passion
dignity , that made it worthy of respect . No other love , no love of man and
woman could ever be as disinterested as mine . It was I alone who loved – it was
I alone ...
I would make a poor suitor in truth , for my heart is already given away . I love you
, Cordelia ! – and consequent upon your most welcome revelation , my Will and
my Reason now join with my Heart , in preferring you above all others . If you will
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SARAH ORNE JEWETT Marthas Lady 1897
DOROTHY STRACHEY Olivia 1949 Chapter
RENÉE VIVIEN Prince Charming 1904 translated
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