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Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister,…
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Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and… (urspr publ 2017; utgåvan 2019)

av Angela Steidele (Författare)

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'A fascinating book about a remarkable woman' The TimesAnne Lister was a Yorkshire heiress, an intrepid world traveller and a proud lesbian during a time when it was difficult simply to be female. She chose to remain unmarried, dressed all in black and spoke openly of her lack of interest in men. The first woman to climb Vignemale in the treacherous Pyrenees, she journeyed as far as Azerbaijan and slept with a pistol under her pillow. As daring as Don Juan and as passionate as Heathcliff, Anne would not be constrained by the mores of Regency society.Anne's diaries lay hidden for many years, before scholars were brave enough to crack their code. Her erotic confessions and lively letters tell the story of an extraordinary woman. In this groundbreaking new book, celebrated author Angela Steidele gives a fresh perspective on the life of a cult historical figure.… (mer)
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Titel:Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist
Författare:Angela Steidele (Författare)
Info:Serpent's Tail (2019), Edition: Main, 352 pages
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Taggar:lesbian, women, biography

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Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist av Angela Steidele (2017)

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It's not often I read two biographies of the same person straight off- but Anne Choma's version focussed on one bit of Anne Lister's life ...and ended before she and Miss Walker embarked on their amazing journey to the Caucasus.
This version looks at the whole of Lister's life through her vast and detailed diary collection. From her first love affair with a girl at school, her aspirations to cultivate well-to-do friends to help her rise socially, her ambitions for wealth and status (often hampered by limited funds) and her quite fascinating drive, determination and intellect.
I think I gained a much better overall image of Lister from Steidele's work...and the constant quotes from her diary. Compelling though she was, I don't think anyone could regard her in a majorly positive light. Indeed Steidele considers her "a beast of a woman" and she was certainly a female Don Juan:
"Anne had renewed her vows with Mariana three times, seduced Miss Vallance and Nantz Belcombe, slept countless times with Isabella Norcliffe, flirted with Harriet Milne, Lou Belbombe and Francis Pickford, spent a long time living in Paris with Maria Barlow and then a few weeks with Mme de Rosny.During all these entanglements, Sibella Maclean had been an iron in the fire..."
So, quite a cad, as she pusues her conquests for money and sex, stringing them along with lies and omissions.
Was interested to read how the Brontes knew of her (a near neighbor); Steidele considers her an influence on Charlotte's unfeminine 'Shirley' and considers the mad Creole Mrs Rochester in ''Jane Eyre' to have been inspired by Lister's first schoolgirl love- mixed-race Eliza Raine, who ended up in an asylum for the insane.
Lister was certainly an intrepid and fearless traveller, climbing unconquered mountains and crossing the wilds of Russia in 1840 into the unheard of depths of Azerbaijan and Georgia.
I also hadnt realised just how extensive were her diaries,containing an almost obsessive amount of minutiae ("in their egocentric indiscrimination, they foreshadow the banal uniquity of the selfie."). They have not all been transcribed: a proposed attempt was abandoned when it was realised that the 4 million words would take 9 years!
Totally fascinating! ( )
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'A fascinating book about a remarkable woman' The TimesAnne Lister was a Yorkshire heiress, an intrepid world traveller and a proud lesbian during a time when it was difficult simply to be female. She chose to remain unmarried, dressed all in black and spoke openly of her lack of interest in men. The first woman to climb Vignemale in the treacherous Pyrenees, she journeyed as far as Azerbaijan and slept with a pistol under her pillow. As daring as Don Juan and as passionate as Heathcliff, Anne would not be constrained by the mores of Regency society.Anne's diaries lay hidden for many years, before scholars were brave enough to crack their code. Her erotic confessions and lively letters tell the story of an extraordinary woman. In this groundbreaking new book, celebrated author Angela Steidele gives a fresh perspective on the life of a cult historical figure.

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