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The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories

Reynolds, Margaret (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0670851531 / ISBN 13: 9780670851539
Published by Viking, London, 1993
Used Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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Reprint. Large octavo paperback. xxxiv, 430 pp. Front free end paper is clipped, couple of creases to spine, otherwise near Fine condition. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 19142

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Title: The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories

Publisher: Viking, London

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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An anthology representing the work of 33 women from Britain, Europe and the Americas. It ranges from 1897 to 1993, showing how women writers have explored in words what it is to be a lesbian. Featured writers include Orne Jewett, Woolf, Stein, Mansfield, Barnes and Winterson.

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Showing the full range of fictional expression, this adventurous anthology opens with Sarah Orne Jewett's 1897 story, "Martha's Lady," a delicate yet impassioned evocation of a furtive lesbian love and closes with Jeanette Winterson's lyrical, uninhibited "The Poetics of Sex" (1993). Its 32 selections trace a historical pattern in lesbian experience as it moves from invisibility and ambivalence to greater self-acceptance. Many of the pieces are experimental, such as Kathy Acker's sardonic dream vision of heterosexual marriage, and Canadian Nicole Brossard's incantatory monologue meant to close the distance between the speaker, her mother, her daughter and her lover. Among the authors--lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual--are Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall, Katherine Mansfield, Colette, Anais Nin, Isak Dinesen, Monique Wittig, Sara Maitland and Pat Califia. Two pieces feature pictures: Alison Bechdel's comic strip "Serial Monogamy," whose disillusioned protagonist forces readers to reexamine set attitudes about lesbians and straights; and Djuna Barnes's 17th-century pastiche "Ladies Almanack" (1928), a daybook of the exploits of a much-in-demand hostess complete with woodcuts. Reynolds, who has written abiography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, enlarges the dimensions of the lesbian experience in this rewarding omnibus.
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