Lavender Lit 101 - International LGB Literature up to 1923

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International LGB Literature up to 1923
This is a collection of 30 American and European gay, lesbian, & bisexual writers from the 16th thru early 20th Centuries. Heavy on poetry -- including a rousing WWI anthem from 1915 -- with a few short stories and essays. Non-English works should be read where possible in their original language. - Summary by BellonaTimes (6 hr 34 min)


A Night Among the Horses, by Djuna Barnes 20:40 Read by Maryanka
Correspondence, by William Beckford 5:29 Read by Mike Pelton
The Cornelian, by Lord Byron 3:13 Read by Martin Geeson
The Near Enemy, by Natalie Clifford Barney 1:21 Read by Eden Rea-Hedrick
Fragments from Igor Stravinsky, by Jean Cocteau, Trans by Rollo Myers 20:10 Read by Ben Adams
E. Maxwell Snurge, by Noel Coward 7:44 Read by zephyr2050
Hymen, by Hilda Doolittle 20:58 Read by Kristin G.
Chapter 6, Howards End, by E. M. Forster 21:40 Read by Mike Pelton
"Recollections of Oscar Wilde" by Andre Gide, trans. Percival Pollard 36:30 Read by Ben Adams
Ode to Sappho, by Radclyffe Hall 4:55 Read by Martin Geeson
Three Poems, by Langston Hughes 2:26 Read by boodah
Brooksmith, by Henry James 47:22 Read by Algy Pug
Prelude to 'Royal Highness', by Thomas Mann, trans A Cecil Curtis 7:12 Read by Bellona Times
Hero and Leander, by Christopher Marlowe 52:12 Read by Bellona Times
Faith, by W. Somerset Maugham 34:53 Read by zephyr2050
Keep the Home Fires Burning!, by Ivor Novello, lyrics by Mrs. Ford 3:21 Read by Bellona Times
Anthem For Doomed Youth, by Wilfred Owen 1:25 Read by David Wales
Overture excerpt, from Swann's Way, by Marcel Proust, trans by C.K. Scott-Moncr… 9:20 Read by Bellona Times
Sleeper of the Valley, by Arthur Rimbaud, trans by Ludwig Lewisohn 1:37 Read by Bellona Times
Full Moon, by Vita Sackville-West 1:08 Read by Eden Rea-Hedrick
A Letter Home, by Sigfried Sassoon 3:08 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Mrs. Whitehead, by Gertrude Stein 4:58 Read by Bellona Times
Preface to Eminent Victorians, by Lytton Strachey 5:31 Read by David Wales
Birds in the Night, by Paul Verlaine - trans G. Hall 6:08 Read by Bellona Times
The Closing Door, by Angelina Weld Grimké 30:33 Read by Bellona Times
Invocation, by Renée Vivien 3:05 Read by Bellona Times
I Sing The Body Electric!, by Walt Whitman 17:51 Read by Bellona Times
The Sphinx, by Oscar Wilde 16:42 Read by Algy Pug
Monday or Tuesday, by Virginia Woolf 3:18 Read by Eden Rea-Hedrick


Wide-ranging, variegated compilation

(3.5 stars)

There are close to thirty different works here, with many expected names, some new to me, and some unexpected entries- I was surprised to see the author (and preface) of Eminent Victorians here. The strength of this collection is also, in a way, its weakness. It is so wide-ranging, one feels a bit lost. Gertrude Stein jostles with Christopher Marlowe; romantic poetry with rather dry nonfiction. And the entries are not, generally, important or famous works- as one would expect to see in a "101" level text- and some are hardly "works" at all, but descriptions of famous authors by their "friends", and then translated by third parties- rather far removed from the work of the authors themselves. With such a wide net of names, genres, and even lengths of entries, the listener wants a guide to explain things, but the collection is not curated. Entries are in no logical order, but scattered about. Still, it is informative and, at times, quite moving. The idea is fine, but the execution flawed. Really, though, only one minute for Rimbaud?