Gentleman Jack
'A fascinating book about a remarkable woman' The TimesAnne Lister was a Yorkshire heiress, an intrepid world traveller and a proud lesbian during a time when it was difficult simply to be female. She chose to remain unmarried, dressed all in black and spoke openly of her lack of interest in men. The first woman to climb Vignemale in the treacherous Pyrenees, she journeyed as far as Azerbaijan and slept with a pistol under her pillow. As daring as Don Juan and as passionate as Heathcliff, Anne would not be constrained by the mores of Regency society.Anne's diaries lay hidden for many years, before scholars were brave enough to crack their code. Her erotic confessions and lively letters tell the story of an extraordinary woman. In this groundbreaking new book, celebrated author Angela Steidele gives a fresh perspective on the life of a cult historical figure.

Gentleman Jack Details

TitleGentleman Jack
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2018
PublisherSerpent's Tail
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Lgbt, History, Glbt, Queer, Biography

Gentleman Jack Review

  • Siobhan
    January 1, 1970
    Gentleman Jack is a biography of Anne Lister, Regency Yorkshire landowner known for her relationships with women and explicit diaries partly written in code. Full of quotations from her diaries, it is a good biography for anything looking for an introduction to Lister's life and what she wrote about in her diaries. Likely to be of most interest are her various relationships with women—often surprisingly openly for Regency society—and her interest in travel, scaling mountains and visiting countri Gentleman Jack is a biography of Anne Lister, Regency Yorkshire landowner known for her relationships with women and explicit diaries partly written in code. Full of quotations from her diaries, it is a good biography for anything looking for an introduction to Lister's life and what she wrote about in her diaries. Likely to be of most interest are her various relationships with women—often surprisingly openly for Regency society—and her interest in travel, scaling mountains and visiting countries across Europe and even Azerbaijan. Steidele also weaves in elements of the act of uncoding Lister's diaries and the reticence of earlier generations to reveal their explicit lesbian sex, which is crucial to thinking about the reception of Anne Lister.Before the BBC's upcoming drama of the same name, the biography is a good way to learn more about a fascinating historical figure. It is engaging and readable, giving enough explanatory detail that you don't need to know the period well. Without knowing a huge amount about scholarship around Lister, it is difficult to comment on its accuracy and depiction of her, but it certainly is an interesting book.
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  • Nicki Markus
    January 1, 1970
    Gentleman Jack was an interesting read on many levels—firstly, as a commentary on the life of a lesbian in the early 19th century, and secondly, as an account of a fascinating woman who did some amazing things in the course of her life. Anne Lister was certainly quite a character, and while I was intrigued by her romantic exploits, it was more her extensive travels that gripped me. This work shines a light on a little-known figure who deserves more recognition. The only reason I give this book f Gentleman Jack was an interesting read on many levels—firstly, as a commentary on the life of a lesbian in the early 19th century, and secondly, as an account of a fascinating woman who did some amazing things in the course of her life. Anne Lister was certainly quite a character, and while I was intrigued by her romantic exploits, it was more her extensive travels that gripped me. This work shines a light on a little-known figure who deserves more recognition. The only reason I give this book four stars rather than five is the fact that, at times, I found the prose style a little tiresome. Although the story captivated me, the writing didn't. However, I certainly recommend this work to readers interested in queer history or those simply looking to learn more about fascinating personalities from the past.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.
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  • Bettie☯
    January 1, 1970
    a groundbreaking new biography of Anne Lister, Regency landowner, seducer and proud lesbian during a time when it was difficult simply to be female. With the code to her secret diaries now cracked, we get to know her many lovers ...
  • Gianna
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting biography, Gentleman Jack portrays the hard and fascinating life of Anne Lister, Yorkshire heiress and one of the first openly homosexual women of all times. Thoroughly detailed, the biography is based on Lister's personal diaries, much of which were coded as to not be read by the public at the time. Angela Steidele has created an interesting book for the reader - although some more effort in the writing style would have gone a long way. Nevertheless, it was a good read, recommend An interesting biography, Gentleman Jack portrays the hard and fascinating life of Anne Lister, Yorkshire heiress and one of the first openly homosexual women of all times. Thoroughly detailed, the biography is based on Lister's personal diaries, much of which were coded as to not be read by the public at the time. Angela Steidele has created an interesting book for the reader - although some more effort in the writing style would have gone a long way. Nevertheless, it was a good read, recommended to anyone willing to learn about Lister, or wanting to educate themselves in the lives and oppression of people in the Victorian era.
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  • Orláith
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted at https://www.instagram.com/p/Bput22eH6BW/If you are planning to watch the BBC dramatization of Anne Lister's life next year, you absolutely must read this biography. Even if you aren't planning to watch the series, you should definitely read this biography as Anne was fascinating, truly fascinating.
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  • CC
    January 1, 1970
    "She is another man’s wife. I am solitary."The deeper I got into this book, the less I liked Anne Lister. To quote the author, she really is a beast of a woman. An egocentric, selfish social climber I truly could not see that she had any heartfelt feelings for anyone except for her namesake Aunt Anne. Even so, this isn't a book about being a good person, or even about love though I suspect that the BBC will sugarcoat the truth in an upcoming drama. Anne Lister was a woman who lived unashamedly t "She is another man’s wife. I am solitary."The deeper I got into this book, the less I liked Anne Lister. To quote the author, she really is a beast of a woman. An egocentric, selfish social climber I truly could not see that she had any heartfelt feelings for anyone except for her namesake Aunt Anne. Even so, this isn't a book about being a good person, or even about love though I suspect that the BBC will sugarcoat the truth in an upcoming drama. Anne Lister was a woman who lived unashamedly true to herself. The simple admission that her lifelong flame was 'another man's wife' is such an honest, modern lament that I wonder just how much we really understand about the gender spectrum in other eras. Though I'm sure that the entirety of the journals are too much for the casual historian, I very much appreciated this snapshot of what proved to be a fascinating, if somewhat wasted, life. 'Neither politics nor business life, neither her studies nor love had brought her success, happiness or satisfaction' yet somehow it seems certain that Anne would be only too satisfied to see both a changed world for lesbians and the esteemed place that her words now have in it.
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