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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Wait a moment , I said , leaning back in my chair , I must consider the whole thing
more carefully before I go any further . I am almost sure , I said to myself , that
Mary Carmichael is playing a trick on us . For I feel as one feels on a switchback ...
may have to fabricate ; but be sure not to look at her yet . Lean on the sides of the
jukebox with your arms straight in as butch a position as possible . Experiment at
home with jukebox poses , and get a friend to tell you what angle you look best ...
She was sure she could take her with her bare hands , if a physical contest was
necessary . But that seemed unlikely . No , the blades were for others , stronger
and more dangerous , who might come upon them and interrupt their tête - à -
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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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