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    Diana Frederics(Author) Julie L. Abraham(Introduction)

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This is the unusual and compelling story of Diana, a tantalizingly beautiful woman who sought love in the strange by-paths of Lesbos.Fearless and outspoken, it dares to reveal that hidden world where perfumed caresses and half-whispered endearments constitute the forbidden fruits in a Garden of Eden where men are never accepted.This is how Diana: A Strange Autobiography was described when it was published in paperback in 1952.The original 1939 hardcover edition carried with it a Publisher's Note: This is the autobiography of a woman who tried to be normal.In the book, Diana is presented as the unexceptional daughter of an unexceptional plutocratic family.During adolescence, she finds herself drawn with mysterious intensity to a girl friend.The narrative follows Diana's progress through college; a trial marriage that proves she is incapable of heterosexuality; intellectual and sexual education in Europe; and a series of lesbian relationships culminating in a final tormented triangular struggle with two other women for the individual salvation to be found in a happy couple.In her introduction, Julie Abraham argues that Diana is not really an autobiography at all, but a deliberate synthesis of different archetypes of this confessional genre, echoing, as it does, more than a half-dozen novels.Hitting all the high and low points of the lesbian novel, the book, Abraham illustrates, offers a defense of lesbian relationships that was unprecedented in 1939 and radical for decades afterwards.

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  • By V. Eng on 25 April 2013

    Cultural minorities have long practice in translating and reading between the lines. Thus it was that I was not put off by the purple prose, lesbophobic to boot, of the Book Description on this Amazon page: 'unusual story'; 'the strange by-paths of Lesbos'; 'the forbidden fruits'; etc and more etc. But, may I ask, 'unusual' and 'strange' to whom? Whom does this blurb set out to captivate? When, for goodness sake, was it written?Diana: A Strange Story is, I am happy to say, no Well of Loneliness, that well-meaning but ultimately disastrous exercise in special pleading. Granted, The Well was written before Diana, but this does not really explain exactly why there is no self-immolation about the latter. Diana, the book, is also strangely (I use the word advisedly) lacking in the roiling angst prevalent in so much lesbian literature of the 1950s/1960s. For which thanks are due to whoever the author was.

  • By Guest on 1 July 2016

    Amazing considering when it was written.


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