Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943) was an English writer best known for her novel The Well of Loneliness, a novel with lesbian themes. The result of an obscenity trial in 1928 meant that all the printed copies of The Well of Loneliness were destroyed and the book was not republished in the UK until 1959 In the author’s note to the earlier short story collection ‘Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself’, Hall writes: ‘Although Miss Ogilvy is a very different person to Stephen Gordon, yet those who have read The Well of Loneliness will find in the earlier part of this story the nucleus of those sections of the novel which deal with Stephen Gordon’s childhood and girlhood and with the noble and selfless work done by hundreds of sexually inverted women in The Great War’. Hall was listed at No. 16 in the top 500 lesbian and gay heroes in The Pink Paper.
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