Iaries or herself She is entirely reliant upon secondary sources The book is basically a recap of Helena Whitbread s and Jill Liddington s works with some additional references to Lister s letters and correspondence thrown in Plus a LOT of editorializing in addition to the steaming piles of judgement the biographer regularly states her own interpretation as though it s proven North fact And it s interpretation based often on extremely thin evidenceSo I say again please don t read this book It strips Anne Lister of all depth and complexity Please please go read Jill Liddington s work instead It has just been released on both Kindle and Kobo and occasional hard copies can beound at ABE Books She s a Tory and a landlord but I love her Look Anne Lister was a terrible terrible person But if you can stomach reading about pretty much any white male landowner with a host of lovers rom the nineteenth century you can handle this Mr Rochester turned emale is no less awful and worse because she was a real person But it means something as modern LGBT people to see someone like us openly living their truth hundreds of years ago Anne s girlfriends were all Dead Giveaway fascinating women and I wanted to know about them and less about her It s a shame that the same virtue of self assurance which led her to lead her life with as much confidence as she did is also the same vice that caused her to hurt the people around her repeatedly and behave incredibly selfishly As the author saysirst she seduced me then she betrayed me much like her real loversHighly entertaining though the travel towards the end did have me skimming a little And Andrew Lost In the Kitchen foodor thought because my god did Miss Lister manage to bed a lot of women so is lesbianism in history really as rare as we pretend. G the coal seams under her Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism family estate in Halifax and her reaction to the Peterloo massacre She conducted a love life of labyrinthine complexity all while searchingor a girlfriend who could provide her with both inancial security and true loveAnne Lister's rich and unconventional life is now the subject of the major BBC TV drama series Gentleman Ja.
Sed with a couple of lines each Worse the biographer is making blatant value judgements along the way without at any point engaging with the context in which her subject lived In the last third of the book she is openly derisive when describing Lister s activities To be clear it s not that I need this book to be a hagiography I ve read a Rejected Rejected Rejected few books about Lister at this point I get that she could be an asshole But she was also an intelligent woman navigating a man s world in the early 19th century and walking the line of being an out sort of lesbian when there had never been anyone before her to pattern her behaviour on Except men I doubt there would have been half so much judgement had the biographer been recounting the life of a young cad on the huntor a rich bride Context is important And this biographer has NO grasp of that whatsoever because she clearly doesn t understand the context herself In her Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison final chapter she writes In what we think of as the prudish pre Victorian age there seems to have been no great risk or conseuence to women loving women and it was not thought wrong They simply did not talk about it and went on to marry apparently unsullied Just WHAT How could this biographer have read the works of Jill Liddington and still come out with that kind of clumsy generalization When Liddington s work was all about the subtle ways the communityound to express its disapproval of Anne Lister and her wife living together When political rage towards Lister was expressed in the Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz form of homophobic attacks When she received taunting letters in the post and slurs hurled at her in the street throughout her lifeI reference Liddington s work here particularly because the biographer wrote this book without ever having read Anne Lister s S bold new biography prizewinning author Angela Steidele uses the diaries to create a portrait of Anne Lister as we've never seen her before a woman in some ways very much of her time and in othersar ahead of it Anne Lister recorded everything Buck: A Memoir from the most intimate details of her numerous liaisons through to her plans to make herortune by exploitin.
If Don Juan had met Anne Lister he d habe become depressed Prtf Gentleman Jack is a biography of Anne Lister Regency Yorkshire landowner known Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors for her relationships with women and explicit diaries partly written in code Full of uotationsrom her diaries it is a good biography Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series for anything lookingor an introduction to Lister s life and what she wrote about in her diaries Likely to be of most interest are her various relationships with women often surprisingly openly Five Days Left for Regency society and her interest in travel scaling mountains and visiting countries across Europe and even Azerbaijan Steidele also weaves in elements of the act of uncoding Lister s diaries and the reticence of earlier generations to reveal their explicit lesbian sex which is crucial to thinking about the reception of Anne ListerBefore the BBC s upcoming drama of the same name the biography is a good way to learn about aascinating historical Searching for Robert Johnson figure It is engaging and readable giving enough explanatory detail that you don t need to know the period well Without knowing a huge amount about scholarship around Lister it is difficult to comment on its accuracy and depiction of her but it certainly is an interesting book Please please do not read this book Seriously If you re actually interested in learning about Anne Lister this is not the bookor youThis book is judge jury and executioner to its subject which Blood on Silk feels like a complete violation of the rules of a biography You can tell just by the table of contents her life is divided up not by milestone events but by the women she seduces Because clearly when someone isn t straight the only interesting thing about them is their sex life Everything else Lister was ever involved or interested in except her travels is dismis. The extraordinary life of history'sirst modern lesbian who inspired the television series Gentleman Jack Anne Lister's journals were so shocking that the Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol first person to crack their secret code hid them behind aake panel in his ancestral home Anne Lister was a Regency landowner an intrepid world traveller and an unabashed lover of other women In thi.