The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister: Vol. 1

The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister: Vol. 1

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When this volume of Anne Lister's diaries was first published in 1988, it was hailed as a vital piece of lost lesbian history.

The editor, Helena Whitbread, had spent years painstakingly researching and transcribing Lister's extensive journals, much of which were written in an elaborate code - what Lister called her 'crypthand', which allowed her to record her life in intimate, and at times, explicit, detail. Until then, Anne Lister's lesbianism had been suppressed or hinted at; this was the first time her story had been told.

Anne Lister defied the role of nineteenth-century womanhood: she was bold, fiercely independent, a landowner, industrialist, traveller and lesbian - a woman who lived her life on her own terms.