The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister: Vol. 1: I Know My Own Heart: The Inspiration for Gentleman Jack

The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister: Vol. 1: I Know My Own Heart: The Inspiration for Gentleman Jack

by Anne Lister, Helena Whitbread

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ANNE LISTER IS THE INSPIRATION FOR GENTLEMAN JACK, A NEW BBC/HBO SERIES BY SALLY WAINWRIGHT, STARRING SURANNE JONES.

'Engaging, revealing, at times simply astonishing: Anne Lister's diaries are an indispensable read for anyone interested in the history of gender, sexuality, and the intimate lives of women' SARAH WATERS

'The Lister diaries are the Dead Sea Scrolls of lesbian history; they changed everything. By resurrecting them and editing them with such loving attention and intelligence, Helena Whitbread has earned the gratitude of a whole generation' EMMA DONOGHUE

When this volume of Anne Lister's diaries was first published in 1988, it was hailed as a vital piece of lost lesbian history. The editor, Helena Whitbread, had spent years painstakingly researching and transcribing Lister's extensive journals, much of which were written in an elaborate code - what Lister called her 'crypthand', which allowed her to record her life in intimate, and at times, explicit, detail. Until then, Anne Lister's lesbianism had been supressed or hinted at; this was the first time her story had been told. Anne Lister defied the role of nineteenth-century womanhood: she was bold, fiercely independent, a landowner, industrialist, traveller and lesbian - a woman who lived her life on her own terms.

'[Anne Lister's] sense of self, and self-awareness, is what makes her modern to us. She was a woman exercising conscious choice. She controlled her cash and her body. At a time when women had to marry, or be looked after by a male relative, and when all their property on marriage passed to their husband, Anne Lister not only dodged the traps of being female, she set up a liaison with another woman that enhanced her own wealth and left both of them free to live as they wished . . . The diaries gave me courage' JEANETTE WINTERSON

These diaries include the years 1816-1824. The second volume, NO PRIEST BUT LOVE, is available in ebook.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748125715
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 11/04/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 16,859
File size: 942 KB

About the Author

Anne Lister (1791-1840) lived an unconventional life compared with most women in Regency England. She was unmarried, a landowner, industrialist, traveller and scholar. She wrote extensive diaries, partly in an esoteric code. Helena Whitbread spent years transcribing the diaries and what she discovered was quite extraordinary: the diaries have been called 'the Rosetta Stone of lesbian history'.

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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CinnamonTea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite its contents-which are sometimes too fully detailed with everyday life actions-this diary is incredible,it is incredible that finally someone has decided to decodify it for us! Anne Lister was a young lesbian living in a small English town in the second half of 1800. She opens her heart to the diary,writing down what she feels for women,how she flirts with them and never questions her sexual attitudes... I think this it is unique and incredible,to find and to be so close to such a modern woman in that age. a must read
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