Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack : A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist

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'A fascinating book about a remarkable woman' The Times

Anne 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 33mm | 545g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • integrated b&w pictures
  • 1788160983
  • 9781788160988
  • 527,921

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A fascinating book about a remarkable woman -- Robbie Millen * The Times * Steidele's steely account of the lives behind the first rainbowed plaque is a triumph of truth over fantasy. Lister's extraordinary pioneering life deserves to be remembered -- Ruth Scurr * Guardian * Angela Steidele has written a Regency romp which gives a vivid glimpse into a hidden world of female eroticism * Spectator * Paints a vivid picture of a woman who lived and loved as she pleased * Stylist * Riveting -- Kaite Welsh * Diva * Steidele might just be a German equivalent to Jeanette Winterson * New Books in German * Really a joy to read * Missy Magazine * In all literature it would be hard to find a diarist who approaches with such courage and candour the secret places of the mind and heart * London Review of Books * The Lister Diaries are the Dead Sea Scrolls of lesbian history: they changed everything * Emma Donoghue *
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About Angela Steidele

Angela Steidele has written several books about LGBTQ+ lives in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Love Story: Adele Schopenhauer and Sibylle Mertens was shortlisted for the NDR Kultur non-fiction prize. She won the Gleim Literature Prize for In Men's Clothes, her biography of Catharina Linck, and the Bavarian Book Prize for her novel Rosenstengel. Angela Steidele lives in Cologne.
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