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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

422 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95)

Publication Date: April 2012

ISBN 9781844087198

Rights: US

Little, Brown Book Group (Apr 2012)
Virago UK

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Overview

"The Lister diaries are the Dead Sea Scrolls of lesbian history: they changed everything. By resurrecting them and editing them with such loving attention and intelligence, Helena Whitbread has earned the gratitude of a whole generation." —Emma Donoghue, author, Room

"The Lister diaries are the Dead Sea Scrolls of lesbian history: they changed everything. By resurrecting them and editing them with such loving attention and intelligence, Helena Whitbread has earned the gratitude of a whole generation." —Emma Donoghue, author, Room Anne Lister defied the role of womanhood seen in the novels of Jane Austen: she was bold, fiercely independent, a landowner, industrialist, traveler, and a lesbian. She kept extensive diaries of her life and loves, written partly in code. Made up of Greek letters mingled with other symbols of her own devising, Anne referred to the code as her "crypthand," and the use of it allowed her the freedom to describe her intimate life in great detail. Her diaries have been edited by Helena Whitbread, who spent years decoding and transcribing them.

Reviews

"Engaging, revealing, at times simply astonishing . . . an indispensable read for anyone interested in the history of gender, sexuality, and the intimate lives of women." —Sarah Waters, author, Fingersmith

"The diaries gave me courage." —Jeanette Winterson, author, Written on the Body

"Readers interested in early nineteenth-century English history, women’s and feminist history, and personal reflections on forbidden lesbian relationships will find Lister and her rescued and decoded diaries utterly fascinating." —Booklist

"The diaries are essential reading for anyone who's interested in the history of women's sexuality." — The Gay and Lesbian Review

Author Biography

Anne Lister (1791–1840) was an English landowner, industrialist, and diarist. Helena Whitbread is a historian.