THE GIRLS OF RADCLIFF HALL

First edition, first printing of this notorious roman clef. Original grey card printed in black to the upper cover. A very good copy, the binding firm and without loss or tears, the covers a little dusty and marked. The contents with some spotting of the text block are entirely complete, without loose or torn pages and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Rare in commerce.

A spoof of Radclyffe Hall's banned lesbian novel "The Well of Loneliness" in the style of an Angela Brazil girl's school story! The author depicts himself as the headmistress Miss Carfax and mocks the jealousies and intrigues of his homosexual circle as members of the Radcliff Hall girls' school (drawn from incidents at Faringdon). The indiscretions alluded to, involving intimates and acquaintances such as Cecil Beaton [Cecily Seymour], Peter Watson [Lizzie Johnson], Tchelitchew [Madame Yoshiwara], David Herbert, Robert Heber Percy and Oliver Messel created uproar resulting in most copies being destroyed at the request and effort of one or more of those portrayed. COPAC locates copies in only three locations: The British Library, Bodleian (two copies) and National Trust (Sissinghurst).

Stock code: 15326

£2,500

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Author:

QUEBEC, Adela [pseudonym of TYRWHITT-WILSON, Gerald Hugh, 14th Baron [Lord] Berners]

Category

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Literature
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