In 1834, Anne Lister made history by celebrating and recording the first ever known marriage to another woman. Now the basis for the HBO series Gentleman Jack, this is her remarkable, true story.
Anne Lister was extraordinary. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist, whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. This book introduces the real Gentleman Jack, featuring unpublished journal extracts decrypted for the first time by series creator Sally Wainwright and writer Anne Choma.
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The early 19th century was filled with fascinating characters, but none like British feminist trailblazer Anne Lister. This brilliant, ever-curious woman—an industrialist, world traveler, and (remarkably, for her time) out lesbian—kept detailed journals throughout her life, encrypting her most personal thoughts in her own arcane code. Historian Anne Choma compiled Gentleman Jack—named after Lister’s derisive nickname in her Yorkshire hometown—from these expressive and affecting journals, chronicling her business life and lengthy relationship with heiress Ann Walker. Lister’s unguarded diary entries, equal parts romantic and industrious, gave us captivating insights into British women of the 1800s.
A must read. Anne Lister’s diaries give us into lesbian sexuality in the 1800s!
Thank you Anne Lister for being so honest, detailed and poignant in your own personal writing. Thanks to her family members who cracked the code and to the scholar and writer who decided to share this s story with us. I think we all see a little but of Anne Lister in us and aspire to embody the courage and resilience that she had in her day.