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

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New York 1992 Softcover The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Litterature Series. 288 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. GENDER STUDIES. "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." &emdash; 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." &emdash; 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." &emdash; The Independent Upon publication, the first volume of Anne Lister' Read more Show Less

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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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Helena Whitbread lives in Halifax, England.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
Dramatis Personae
Prologue 1
A Parisian Prelude 9
Breaking the Ice 31
No Priest But Love 46
The Charm Is Broken 57
Pairing Time Anticipated 74
More Than Ever English 91
Taking The Waters At Buxton Spa 111
'What Am I?' 122
The Hallowed Heart 136
A Winter Flirtation 146
A Hard Mistress 157
The Tyranny Of Feelings 166
Menage A Trois 175
An Idyll In Paris 187
Epilogue 204
English Glossary 209
French Glossary 211
Bibliography 215
Index 221
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