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Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister (Movie Tie-In) (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Anne Choma (Författare), Sally Wainwright (Förord)

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In 1834, Anne Lister made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. Now the basis for the HBO series Gentleman Jack, this is her remarkable, true story. Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist, whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. This book introduces the real Gentleman Jack, featuring unpublished journal extracts decrypted for the first time by series creator Sally Wainwright and writer Anne Choma.… (mer)
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Titel:Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister (Movie Tie-In)
Författare:Anne Choma (Författare)
Andra författare:Sally Wainwright (Förord)
Info:Penguin Books (2019), Edition: Media Tie In, 272 pages
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Taggar:lesbian, women, biography

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Anne Choma’s Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister is an excellent companion to the HBO and BBC adaptation. Supplementary and expansive, there is no hint of any partiality in this fascinating biography that succinctly tells not only of Lister’s liaisons with a lot of women but also her insatiable hunger for education despite women’s almost lack of rights then. Her detailed diary entries are not only a time capsule on 1800s lesbianism but an intricate look at mechanics of society.

Anne Lister of Shibden Hall who is perhaps most well-known as the “modern lesbian” with libertine outlook on gender and sexuality also suffered from flawed beliefs and questionable intentions. Although she was at peace with her religion and sexuality, she was conservative in her political interests (she’s a Tory Blue in fact) and had manipulative, selfish tendencies over lovers and the lower class. As is the norm with white male businessmen in this era there was no surprise there. Her need to climb up over the social ladder was a little off-putting though she eventually grew out of this. Despite these shortcomings, her courage to live her life as herself, unapologetic, is admirable; her experience of heartbreak and want of a lasting partner one after another palpable, her gentlemanly manner quite endearing that it is difficult, with her string of lovers, not to be charmed and smitten. Although her family was refreshingly accepting, she didn’t escape the lingering snide and taunt of narrow minded bigots. Heteronormativity corrupts and forces itself upon same-sex relationships (ie., rigid ideas on gender roles). Branded as an oddity, her lack of conformity on femininity with other expectations on gender in tow she made up for her travel enthusiasm and vast knowledge on a wide array of subjects.

This biography also tells and concludes her love story with Ann Walker who was as commendable and magnificent for her own bravery. Their romance is a gut-wrenching and gushing tale of communion and affinity. A “marriage” hailed as the “first same-sex marriage” in the UK, this is another fragment of the continuing persistence and presence of the LGBT community throughout history. And I quote E.M. Forster, “It comes to this then: there always have been people like me and always will be (...)” Today, Shibden Hall stands proudly in Halifax, Yorkshire and the church where Anne and Ann took their wedding vows through the holy communion bears a plaque that commemorates the event.

Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister is not a diary anthology. It often inserts excerpts from Lister’s diaries which are then discussed at length by Choma; historical context included. Side-by-side with the TV series this is a brilliant addition but as a stand-alone I wouldn’t think this will suffice at all. Don’t forget to see the TV series because writer Sally Wainwright never disappoints and is a gift that keeps on giving. ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
I have a sneaking suspicion that that would make more sense and would be more enjoyable if I had seen the TV series but honestly I didn't care what was happening with the people involved, I didn't really get to know them well enough to care about their situations. I'd be more curious about Anne Lister's travels than her romantic life, but then again I'm like that with people of any sexual variation.

Anne Lister was a woman certain of her sexuality and it didn't merge with contemporary mores and she tried to create a life that she wanted to lead. Between the subjugation of her sexuality, her gender and much of her freedoms she did quite well with the hand life dealt her.

It's an interesting read but I didn't really engage with the people. ( )
  wyvernfriend | May 6, 2020 |
This was a pretty good novel, but a little dry, being it was diary writings, with lots of added explanations to move things along.
Anne Lister is a fascinating woman, and I wish there were more diary posts and less summations. She sounds like someone I’d have been glad to know.
The author Anne Choma and Sally Wainwright were the narrators. I wish they’d used Wainwright more. She had a splendid accent that I adore.
This is a short novel, but some listening to it on audiobook might find it a little boring. I enjoyed most of it. But I’m glad it was short.

3 stars, and recommended to historians, lovers of diary entries, non-fiction novels, and people who love the 1800’s to 1850’s. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
An extremely compelling biography of the fascinating, erudite and endlessly interesting and interested Anne Lister of Halifax. The author uses her diaries to chart her life as a landowner - her efforts to sink coal pits and take her part in a man's world; her travels and studies; and her series of unsuccessful lesbian relationships, at a time when such a thing was not understood - and disapproved when it was, causing a couple of her friends to finally decide on marriage and social acceptance.
True to herself (and assisted by a forbearing aunt and a degree of financial independence), Lister finally embarks on an affair with wealthy local woman, Ann Walker. The vacillating mental state of the latter seem strongly in contrast with the strong-minded Lister (and her financial situation was certainly a part of the attraction) and yet - ultimately- it seemed successful.
I would urge anyone interested in Lister's life to watch this fascinating lecture, focussing on events subsequent to those in Choma's work, specifically the tour of Russia and Georgia she made with Walker
http://feminism-boell.org/en/2016/06/15/anne-lister-and-her-travel-georgia?fbcli...

This video brought out to me just what a small segment of Lister's life is actually covered in this biography, and I hope to get to read Steidele's account of the travels in the Caucasus, which shows a whole other side to both women.

Lister, throughout, comes across as a sincere, devout individual. While the antics of the LGBT community today can sometimes alienate those looking on, I would suggest reading the biography of Miss Lister would garner more sympathy for the movement. ( )
  starbox | Jun 30, 2019 |
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This book is dedicated to the LGBT community, and written in remembrance of Anne Lister and Ann Walker who had the courage and conviction to follow their hearts. "Let us not lose ourselves in subtleties and sophistries. There is one straightforward path of right, and it is only in swerving from it to this side or that, we become entangled."- Anne Lister, 13th April 1834
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On 5th November, 1831, Anne Lister began settling into a new apartment overlooking the sea at 15 Pelham Crescent in Hastings.
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In 1834, Anne Lister made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. Now the basis for the HBO series Gentleman Jack, this is her remarkable, true story. Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist, whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. This book introduces the real Gentleman Jack, featuring unpublished journal extracts decrypted for the first time by series creator Sally Wainwright and writer Anne Choma.

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