on August 25, 2003
This book is amazing. It is over 1000 pages long. It contains writings by male and female authors since the Renaissance. Far from being about a minority sexual preference, this anthology shows that many major authors have written about lesbianism, some to the point of obsession. I highly recommend it to any reader, lesbian, gay, straight, female or male, who is interested in a new way of looking at literary history.
on January 5, 2013
This fat, heavy paperback is a treasure-trove of true literature. Nothing pulpy, trashy, or even trendy about it, this book is jam-packed with quality excerpts, full-length pieces, and poems all of which come together to provide a valuable historical look into the subject matter. Personally, I found the pieces written by men to be the least appealing; some of them smack, if ever-so-slightly, of that notorious voyeurism that so many men have for two women. I would still have to say that they were aptly chosen for this book, every piece has its purpose in rounding out the whole.
I highly recommend this book for lovers of true literature, and for anyone wanting to see an excellent historical snapshot of the subject matter through many genres from the sixteenth century to the present time. Be prepared, the excerpts will whet your appetite to read the full piece in many cases. I have since gone on a reading odyssey of the Vita Sackville-West/Violet Trefusis [tragic] love story after reading several excerpts, including one from Orlando by Virginia Wolff (who also had an affair with Vita, which pales in light of the Trefusis story.) Excerpts from all three - Vita, Violet, and Virginia - are here.
This collection is worth every penny, every page. Highly recommend it!
on February 9, 2013
This book is incredibly insightful into our history as gay women. It's a rare perspective to look specifically at gay women rather than men and the results are surprising. Knowledge increases even as the 1700s pass--which reminded me that gay rights is a much older issue than stonewall. It's unbiased, showing everything from hilariously incorrect indictments of lesbianism to beautiful love stories to raunchy erotica. Overall, this is the most comprehensive look into lesbian history I've ever read.