The Life and Times of Stella Browne

The Life and Times of Stella Browne : Feminist and Free Spirit

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This is the first full length biography of radical reformer Stella Browne, whose life, ideas and activities overturn so many assumptions about early twentieth-century politics and feminism. Stella Brown offers her biographer a window onto many neglected areas of twentieth-century history, and this context is vividly brought to life in this book. Lesley Hall's biography explores Stella Browne's life and times, from her upbringing in Nova Scotia into her political apprenticeship and life from militant suffragism in the early 1900s through her internationalism and involvement with Margaret Sanger and the birth control and sex-reform movements, her work among pacifist, Communist and feminist circles in North America, the UK and Continental Europe. Her relations with such as Rebecca West, Winifred Holtby, Havelock Ellist, Dora Russell and C.K.Ogden are central to the biography. Based on extensive and new research in primary sources in Britain, Europe and North America and on Stella Browne's own copious (and scattered) writings, this biography gives as rounded a portrait as is possible of this vivid and original woman, whose life and ideas are shown to have been well before her more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 30mm | 621.42g
  • I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
  • I.B.Tauris
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • illustrated illustrations
  • 1848855834
  • 9781848855830
  • 1,198,970

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'A rigorous work of scholarship and an astute evocative account of an inspiring fighter for birth control, abortion and sexual freedom. This is an historically illuminating and exceedingly relevant book.' - Sheila Rowbotham; 'Through a close and sympathetic analysis of Browne's hectic life, Hall has produced an innovative and enthralling history of the struggle for sex reform in the first half of the twentieth century as seen from the trenches. But she not only analyzes Browne's public presentations; having unearthed evidence of a number of her love affairs, Hall suggests how the public declarations on sexual issues of this complex and fascinating figure also reflected her personal experiences. The result is that Hall has crafted both an insightful history of the early twentieth-century fight for female reproductive choice and a moving portrait of the movement's most indefatigable and high-spirited campaigner.' - Angus McLarenshow more

About Lesley A. Hall

Lesley A. Hall is based at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London. Her publications include 'Hidden Anxieties: Male Sexuality, 1900-1950' (Polity Press, 1991) and (with Roy Porter) 'The Facts of Life: The Creation of Sexual Knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950' (Yale University Press, 1995) as well as numerous articles and more

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