Obscenity Trial of The Well of Loneliness

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Radclyffe Hall’s novel, The Well of Loneliness, was published in July 1928 when Hall was already an established and successful middlebrow author. Her previous book, Adam’s Breed (1926), had won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse-Bookman and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was a best-seller. An independently wealthy woman and a well-known figure at society events, Hall and her partner Una Troubridge were also frequently noted in newspaper society columns as stylish dressers in the masculine, tailored fashion of the late 1920s. Their relationship had come under public scrutiny in 1920, when a fellow member of the Society for Psychical Research had accused Hall of immorality and being responsible for …

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Jennings, Rebecca. "Obscenity Trial of The Well of Loneliness". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 June 2008
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