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  • The Well of Loneliness was pulped because of a one-line sex scene "and that night they were not divided" - evidence, the magistrate declared, of "the horrible tendency of lesbianism."

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  • The Well of Loneliness has been stripped of its rankings as well, and the gay sex in that book consists entirely of the line "And that night, they were not divided."

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  • - Radclyffe Hill's classic novel about lesbians in Victorian times, The Well of Loneliness, and which contains not one sentence of sexual description;


  • The Well of Loneliness, a lesbian romance set in the same era that features no sex.


  • This was the same England in which, some years earlier, the director of public prosecutions had threatened to prosecute Professor F R Leavis if he so much as referred to James Joyce's Ulysses in a lecture (the DPP was Archibald Bodkin, who also banned The Well of Loneliness), in which, when I was sixteen and listening to the Sex Pistols, the publisher of Gay News was sentenced to prison for the crime of Criminal Blasphemy, for publishing an erotic poem featuring a fantasy about Jesus.



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