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Gentleman Jack Anne Choma s Gentleman Jack The Real Anne Lister is an excellent companion to the HBO and BBC adaptation Supplementary and expansive, there is no hint of any partiality in this fascinating biography that succinctly tells not only of Lister s liaisons with a lot of women but also her insatiable hunger for education despite women s almost lack of rights then Her detailed diary entries are not only a time capsule on 1800s lesbianism but an intricate look at mechanics of society.Anne Lister of Shibden Hall who is perhaps most well known as the modern lesbian with libertine outlook on gender and sexuality also suffered from flawed beliefs and questionable intentions Although she was at peace with her religion and sexuality, she was conservative in her political interests she s a Tory Blue in fact and had manipulative, selfish tendencies over lovers and the lower class As is the norm with white male businessmen in this era there was no surprise there Her need to climb up over the social ladder was a little off putting though she eventually grew out of this Despite these shortcomings, her courage to live her life as herself, unapologetic, is admirable her experience of heartbreak and want of a lasting partner one after another palpable, her gentlemanly manner quite endearing that it is difficult, with her string of lovers, not to be charmed and smitten Although her family was refreshingly accepting, she didn t escape the lingering snide and taunt of narrow minded bigots Heteronormativity corrupts and forces itself upon same sex relationships ie., rigid ideas on gender roles Branded as an oddity, her lack of conformity on femininity with other expectations on gender in tow she made up for her travel enthusiasm and vast knowledge on a wide array of subjects This biography also tells and concludes her love story with Ann Walker who was as commendable and magnificent for her own bravery Their romance is a gut wrenching and gushing tale of communion and affinity A marriage hailed as the first same sex marriage in the UK, this is another fragment of the continuing persistence and presence of the LGBT community throughout history And I quote E.M Forster, It comes to this then there always have been people like me and always will be Today, Shibden Hall stands proudly in Halifax, Yorkshire and the church where Anne and Ann took their wedding vows through the holy communion bears a plaque that commemorates the event Gentleman Jack The Real Anne Lister is not a diary anthology It often inserts excerpts from Lister s diaries which are then discussed at length by Choma historical context included Side by side with the TV series this is a brilliant addition but as a stand alone I wouldn t think this will suffice at all Don t forget to see the TV series because writer Sally Wainwright never disappoints and is a gift that keeps on giving. Very pleasantly surprised to discover how closely the TV series sticks to the primary sources As I m thoroughly enjoying the BBC drama of Gentleman Jack I felt compelled to read this companion to the series and I m really glad I did It was an absolutely fascinating read which gaveinsight into the characters and the times although the TV series is extremely accurate and very well done Actress Suranne Jones who plays GJ sums her up well She s a bit Marmite, this one but love her or hate her Anne Lister certainly made her mark I loved that AL defied the conventions of the time, she was a man in petticoats She was highly intelligent, scholarly and boundlessly energetic She was interested in so much, from classic literature to medicine and she attended and conducted dissections She was funny, disparaging if necessary her relationship with sister Marion was rocky and she described her as the cock of the dung hill , she desired to be upwardly mobile, was merciless and hard nosed in business, an optimistic personality who believed in positive thinking before it was a thing She travelled widely in Europe and died in what is now Georgia after a trip to Russia with Ann Walker She inherited Shibden Hall, Halifax from her uncle and massively improved it, managing its farms with great efficiency It was at Shibden that she met Ann Walker whom she would marry The book recounts the affairs that she had up to meeting heiress Ann in 1832 her most passionate affair prior to this was to Mariana Belcombe who broke Anne s heart when she married Charles Lawton The relationship between Anne and Ann was a strange one in some ways as for the first two years of the relationship Ann would not commit to them being together and to AL s frustration frequently prevaricated Their relationship became sexual and this was described in the dairies AL felt that Ann was farsexually aware than she ever let on and certainly wasn t an innocent It emerged later that she had some form of affair with Reverend Ainsworth The two women were yin and yang AL was optimistic, confident and self aware whilst Ann was negative, had no self confidence and couldn t stand up for herself against vulture like relatives She also suffered from melancholy, bouts of mania and other mental health issues However, much to AL s surprise they exchanged rings and took holy communion together in All Saints, Goodramgate, York a gorgeous little church which they classed as marriage in 1834 There is a plaque that commemorates this Ann then moved into Shibden much to her families chagrin although with the approval of AL s When you consider the status of Georgian Victorian women and that the word lesbian didn t even exist, their bravery in flouting conventions is staggering Add to that that they lived near a smallish town Halifax where everyone knew everyone else s business it becomes evenaudacious However, they had their supporters, not least AL s Aunt Ann so many Ann s and I think the fact that AL was so impressive and could run rings round many of the local business men that must have helped This was a very well written book, interspersed with extracts from AL s HUGE diaries It not only gave you understanding of the central characters in this amazing piece of history but it also demonstrated what the times were like It was absolutely fascinating and a terrific read. This companion to the BBC HBO series is thorough and well researched I m sure many who enjoyed the series, and want , will be glad that this is available. Decent, but disappointingly narrow in scope only covers around 2 years of Anne s life, almost solely focused on her relationship with Ann Walker Good starting point for someone who wants to discoverafter watching the show, but wouldn t recommend to someone looking for a proper biography. I don t generally buy books which are heralded as a movie or tv tie in But this companion to a forthcoming tv production about a period in Anne Lister s life is a compelling read I ve read a couple of books about Anne Lister which cover the whole of her life in greater depth Gentleman Jack is informed, well written and examines a crucial couple of years in the life and times of this extraordinary lady.It s fitting that, at last, she s receiving recognition Her incredible diaries amount to over 5 million words and now have UNESCO status as a world heritage document They provide a meticulous account of the minutiae of her life and activities and as such are a valuable social history resource.Anne Lister was a woman of keen intellect and endless energy Defying social and gender norm, she dressed always in black, often wore breeches and gents topcoat and was openly ridiculed for her masculine appearance She was openly lesbian and took a number of female lovers and had a marriage ceremony with one Doubtless there ll be much interest in her love life, but this remarkable lady had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge She was widely travelled and even experimented with dissection whilst in Paris, just because she wanted to learn about anything and everything She was familiar with the classics in literature and the works of the great philosophers.This trailblazer was also an expert in land and estate management at a time when women had few legal rights as landowners or business people She was also a paradox in that despite her liberalism in many areas, her attitudes towards workers was traditional and she resented the working class radicalism that was demanding reform She was concerned about the impact such change would have on social order.Gentleman Jack is thoroughly researched and reads like an adventure tale I recommend it as an excellent way to learnabout this astonishing individual. I m completely fascinated by Anne Lister what a remarkable woman. As reading the diaries themselves as edited by Helena Whitbread is a bit too intensive for me right now, I was happy to find this book It provides background for the tv series and has selected some of the most interesting diary passages I was especially fascinated by how Anne used the diaries as a ways of reasoning with herself I had to laugh quite a couple of times at Anne writing one thing, and subsequently doing something that decidely illustrated the opposite I also enjoyed how reading the book immediately offers insight into some of the plot choices made by the series. There Are Ways Than One Of Being Happy I Am Living Proof Of This Anne Lister Was Remarkable 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 Th 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

About the Author: Anne Lister

Anne Lister 1791 1840 was a well off Yorkshire landowner, diarist and traveller Throughout her life she kept diaries which chronicled the details of her everyday life, including her lesbian relationships, her financial concerns, her industrial activities and her work improving Shibden Hall Her diaries contain than 4,000,000 words and about a sixth of them those concerning the intimate det

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