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1928 – “The Well of Loneliness” A Lesbian Novel is banned

“The Well of Loneliness” is a novel by British author Radclyffe Hall first published in 1928. Shortly after the book’s publication, a British court judged it obscene because it defended “unnatural practices between women” and it was not published again until 1949. The book’s notoriety increased the visibility of lesbians and for decades it was the best-known lesbian novel in English. Here are some of the reports that appeared in the Staffordshire Sentinel in 1928.

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