No Priest But Love: The Journals of Anne Lister From 1824-1826

No Priest But Love: The Journals of Anne Lister From 1824-1826

by Helena Whitbread, Anne Lister
     
 

ISBN-10: 081475077X

ISBN-13: 9780814750773

Pub. Date: 02/28/1993

Publisher: New York University Press

"One may take delight in what is here: the souvenir of an unabashed and often triumphant erotic life . . . . Rediscovered after nearly two hundred years, the story of [Anne Lister's] desire—and of the comic, gallant ways in which she satisfied it—seems especially poignant . . . . What Lister's diary suggests is that . . . the passion women find

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"One may take delight in what is here: the souvenir of an unabashed and often triumphant erotic life . . . . Rediscovered after nearly two hundred years, the story of [Anne Lister's] desire—and of the comic, gallant ways in which she satisfied it—seems especially poignant . . . . What Lister's diary suggests is that . . . the passion women find together has always existed, and we have only now begun to uncover its remarkable, lyrical history."
—The Women's Review of Books

"An interesting historical record, edited with great sensitivity . . . . [Lister] reveals her lesbian affairs with remarkable honesty, offering a rare insight into the mores of the time."
Sunday Independent

"As a document of one woman's revolt against convention and as a celebration of love between women, this is an uplifting book."
The Independent

Upon publication, the first volume of Anne Lister's diaries, I Know My Own Heart, met with celebration, delight, and some skepticism. How could an upper class Englishwoman, in the first half of the nineteenth century, fulfill her emotional and sexual needs when her sexual orientation was toward other women? How did an aristocratic lesbian manage to balance sexual fulfillment with social acceptability?

Helena Whitbread, the editor of these diaries, here allows us an inside look at the long-running love affair between Anne Lister and Marianna Lawton, an affair complicated by Anne's infatuation with Maria Barlow. Anne travels to Paris where she discovers a new love interest that conflicts with her developing social aspirations. For the first time, she begins to question the nature of her identity and the various roles female lovers may play in the life of a gentrywoman. Though unequipped with a lesbian vocabulary with which to describe her erotic life, her emotional conflicts are contemporary enough to speak to us all.

This book will satisfy the curiosity of the many who became acquainted with Lister through I Know My Own Heart and are eager to learn more about her revealing life and what it suggests about the history of sexuality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814750773
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Series:
Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 11.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
Dramatis Personae
Prologue1
A Parisian Prelude9
Breaking the Ice31
No Priest But Love46
The Charm Is Broken57
Pairing Time Anticipated74
More Than Ever English91
Taking The Waters At Buxton Spa111
'What Am I?'122
The Hallowed Heart136
A Winter Flirtation146
A Hard Mistress157
The Tyranny Of Feelings166
Menage A Trois175
An Idyll In Paris187
Epilogue204
English Glossary209
French Glossary211
Bibliography215
Index221

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