Book cover of Well of Loneliness

The Well of Loneliness - Radclyffe Hall

Sir Chartres Biron, ruled that although the book was dignified and restrained, it presented an appeal to “decent people” to not only recognize lesbianism but also understand that the person so afflicted was not at fault. He judged the book an “obscene libel” and ordered all copies of it destroyed.

Later, a decree handed down in a US court disagreed with Biron, finding that discussion of homosexuality was not in itself obscene. The British ban was eventually overturned on appeal after Hall’s death.

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