Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness is rarely mentioned in discussions of war novels. It is famous as the novel about Lesbianism that was prosecuted and banned in 1928.
The War, though, is at the heart of the novel. Stephen, the ‘invert’ heroine has been shunned and rejected in peacetime. War gives her a chance to use her talents and play a positive part in society. This is yet another spin on the trope of the Fortunate War, which I have written about before.
This month has been war fiction month at the Sheffield Reading 1900-1950 group, and my selection was The Well of Loneliness. My review of it can be found on the Reading 1900-1950 website.