Diana: A Strange Autobiography Diana Frederics

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Published: 1939

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Diana: A Strange Autobiography  by  Diana Frederics

Diana: A Strange Autobiography by Diana Frederics
1939 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: | 3.75 Mb

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 endearmentsMoreThis 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 Publishers 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 Dianas 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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