Radclyffe Hall(1880-1943), Novelist
Radclyffe Hall (Marguerite Antonia Radclyffe-Hall)
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Hall's semi-autobiographical novel The Well of Lonliness (1928) became immediately famous for her frank portrayal of its lesbian central relationship. It was banned, despite protests from Virginia Woolf and other writers, and was not reprinted in Britain until 1949. Hall previously published five volumes of poetry under her full name Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall. She received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the novel Adam's Breed (1926). Hall was courageously controversial. Her first name was Marguerite but she preferred to be called 'John'. At a time when male homosexuality was illegal, she lived openly with a woman.