Thursday, May 20, 2021

No Modernism Without Lesbians by Diana Souhami, from Head of Zeus Books - BOOK BEGINNINGS


I had such a fantastic week! My mom and sis and I spent four days at the Oregon coast on our first post-vaccine road trip and we had so much fun! I haven't been away from home overnight for 15 months so it felt very weird to be out of my house. But we rented an AirBnB house, the weather was lovely and the beach all but deserted, we ate delicious food, and I had a great new mystery book to read. I quickly remembered how much fun it is to go on vacation!

And now I am back and it is time again for Book Beginnings on Fridays, where book lovers share the opening sentence (or so) of the book they want to feature. Please share the link to your Book Beginning blog or social media post in the Linky box below. If you share on SM, please use the hashtag #BookBeginnings.


In the decades before the Second World War, many creative women who loved women fled the repressions and expectations of their home towns, such as Washington and London, and formed a like-minded community in Paris.  
Dianna Souhami's new history of 1920s Paris focusses on four women -- Sylvia Beach, Bryher, Natalie Barney, and Gertrude Stein -- who were at the center of the Modernist movement. I love the brash title!

Beach started the Shakespeare and Company bookstore and published James Joyce's Ulysses. Bryher was a novelist, magazine editor, and heiress who used her fortune to help struggling writers. Barney was a writer and influential salon hostess. Stein was a patron of the arts and avant-garde author.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From No Modernism without Lesbians:
Moeller tried to explain the Freudian subconscious mind so as to help the court realize the intellectual underpinning of Ulysses. The judge asked him to speak in a language the court could understand.
-- Describing the obscenity trial following the original publication of Ulysses

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