The Penguin book of lesbian short stories
Viking, 1993 - Literary Collections - 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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That is why I have collected only one nineteenth-century text in this anthology.
The first story here is Sarah Orne Jewett's 'Martha's Lady', published in 1897.
Jewett herself was probably not a nineteenth-century innocent - she lived in a '
MARTHA'S LADY (1897) One day, many years ago, the old Judge Pyne house
wore an unwonted look of gayety and youthfulness. The high-fenced green
garden was bright with June flowers. Under the elms in the large shady front yard
... not forgotten my good Martha, Helena?' Then Mrs Dysart looked up and smiled
just as she used to smile in the old days. The young eyes were there still in the
changed face, and Miss Helena had come. That night Martha waited in her lady's
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SARAH ORNE JEWETT Marthas Lady 1897
RENEE VIVIEN Prince Charming 1904 translated
The Wise Sappho r 191618
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