Portrait of the Day: Radclyffe Hall

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27 January 2014, 12:00

Room 30


  • Gallery Talk

Radclyffe Hall, by Charles Buchel (Karl August Buchel), 1918 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Radclyffe Hall
by Charles Buchel (Karl August Buchel)
NPG 4347

With Rebecca Bearman

Radclyffe Hall was a revolutionary writer and extraordinary character who paved the way for lesbians and homosexuals through her passionate writing and liberal lifestyle. In 1928 Hall’s fame turned to notoriety when she published a book called ‘The Well of Loneliness’ the novel for which she is best known. The book deals with the life of Stephen Gordon, a masculine lesbian who, like Hall herself, identifies as an invert. However, the Sunday express campaigned to have the book banned in Britain suggesting it corrupted the minds of the young; they were successful and the book was not reprinted in Britain until 1949.

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