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Gentleman Jack

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Translator: Katy Derbyshire
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 352
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction
Illustrations: integrated b&w pictures

Gentleman Jack

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

Angela Steidele

The hidden history of a great British eccentric

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788160988 (Published 1 Nov 2018)
£16.99

About the book

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.

About the author

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.

Reviews

Anne Lister's diaries are an indispensable read for anyone interested in the history of gender, sexuality, and the intimate lives of women

- Sarah Waters

Really a joy to read

- Missy Magazine

Steidele might just be a German equivalent to Jeanette Winterson

- New Books in German

The Lister Diaries are the Dead Sea Scrolls of lesbian history: they changed everything

- Emma Donoghue

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

Additional Information

Translator: Katy Derbyshire
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 352
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction
Illustrations: integrated b&w pictures
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