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The Unlit Lamp

The Definitive Edition of THE UNLIT LAMP
-The first novel by Radclyffe Hall, author of The Well of Loneliness
-Complete, unabridged, and formatted for kindle to improve your reading experience
-Linked table of contents to reach your chapter quickly

“I was therefore delighted - not to say astonished - to open The Unlit Lamp and find a well-structured novel written in engaging prose with even the occasional joke. In a subversive way, however, The Unlit Lamp is as radical a novel of lesbian life as its more famous successor [The Well of Loneliness].” 20th Century Vox

“The Unlit Lamp, the story of Joan Ogden, a young girl who dreams of setting up a flat in London with her friend Elizabeth (a so-called Boston marriage) and studying to become a doctor, but feels trapped by her manipulative mother's emotional dependence on her. It's grim, you want to shake Joan so much, but Radclyffe Hall writes the story not just for this one character but for all women whose lives are lived in quiet desperation submitting to the will of others. A powerful story to make anyone hesitant to jump at the chances life offers us” Velvetink

“I loved this book so much. It may be the most depressing book I've ever read but it was brilliant! Not knowing much going in really helped. It was about two sisters growing up at the end of the 19th century. Both had dreams, one wanted to go to the Royal College of Music and play the violin, the other, a tall thin boyish girl, wanted to study and become a doctor. But they lived in a dead-end town with selfish parents. The characterisation was just perfect” Mel

“I loved this book. So much feels preordained as the novel begins, but it's a page-turner nonetheless. Grappling head-on with the subjugation of women (within their own families) in a time not-so-distant from our own, the book particularly addresses the feelings of alienness gay people must certainly have felt as they recognized their own desires as different from the society at large. Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and very engaging; I highly recommend it.” Jeff

THE UNLIT LAMP features this classic book in a specially designed edition for kindle. This is Radclyffe Hall’s first novel, which will take you on a journey of women bravely pursuing their passion in the early part of the 20th Century.

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