‘Give us also the right to our existence’
At Bow Street in London on 16 November 1928, Miss Radclyffe Hall’s novel, ‘The Well of Loneliness’, found itself in the dock on a charge of obscenity.
The powers-that-be had decided that they did not like the novel’s ‘unnatural offences’ – hence the decision to prosecute.
The magistrate eventually decided that the book was obscene and ordered that it be destroyed.
Here is a newspaper story that reports on this famous literary court case.
Hull Daily Mail – Friday 16 November 1928
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