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Gentleman Jack : the biography of Anne Lister, regency landowner, seducer and secret diarist / Angela Steidele ; translated by Katy Derbyshire.

By: Steidele, Angela, 1968-.
Contributor(s): Derbyshire, Katy [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Serpent's Tail, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: xi, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781788160988; 1788160983.Subject(s): Lister, Anne, 1791-1840 | Lesbians -- England -- Biography | Same-sex marriage -- England -- History | Yorkshire (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 942.81092 Summary: "Anne Lister was a wealthy Yorkshire heiress, a world traveller and a lesbian in an era when it was difficult simply to be female. She wrote her diary in code derived from Ancient Greek, including details of her liaisons with women. Liberated by her money, she remained unmarried, opened a colliery and chose to dress in men's clothes. Some locals referred to her as Gentleman Jack and sent her poison pen letters, but this did not dissuade her from living mostly as she pleased. On inheriting Shibden Hall, Anne chose to travel abroad, before returning to Halifax and courting Ann Walker, another wealthy heiress twelve years her junior. They renovated Shibden Hall together and considered themselves married, to the horror of Walker's relatives. On a trip to Georgia, Lister caught a fever and died. Walker was subsequently shut up in the same lunatic asylum as Eliza, one of Lister's earlier conquests. The biography combines excerpts of Lister's own diaries with Angela Steidele's erudite and lively commentary."-- Provided by publisher.
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'A fascinating book about a remarkable woman' The TimesAnne 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.

"First published in Germany in 2017 by Matthes & Seitz Berlin as Anne Lister : Eine erotische Biographie" -- Title page verso.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-322).

"Anne Lister was a wealthy Yorkshire heiress, a world traveller and a lesbian in an era when it was difficult simply to be female. She wrote her diary in code derived from Ancient Greek, including details of her liaisons with women. Liberated by her money, she remained unmarried, opened a colliery and chose to dress in men's clothes. Some locals referred to her as Gentleman Jack and sent her poison pen letters, but this did not dissuade her from living mostly as she pleased. On inheriting Shibden Hall, Anne chose to travel abroad, before returning to Halifax and courting Ann Walker, another wealthy heiress twelve years her junior. They renovated Shibden Hall together and considered themselves married, to the horror of Walker's relatives. On a trip to Georgia, Lister caught a fever and died. Walker was subsequently shut up in the same lunatic asylum as Eliza, one of Lister's earlier conquests. The biography combines excerpts of Lister's own diaries with Angela Steidele's erudite and lively commentary."-- Provided by publisher.

Translated from the German.