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Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 7. Februar 2013

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Rich and absorbing ... McKenna has done a tremendous job of recreating Victorian London's gay subculture, weaving newspaper reports, police documents and contemporary diaries into a jolly rollicking narrative. It would be an understatement to call it a colourful book ... Fanny and Stella is a cracking read. Sunday Times Uproarious ... McKenna relates their astonishing story with meticulously researched relish ... McKenna captures their arrest with the same joie de vivre as Stella and Fanny lived their tumultuous lives: a blur of petticoats, shrieks and confusion ... It's a wonderful, gripping and moving story, including a pithy epilogue revealing what happened next to the major players. Tim Burton or Baz Luhrmann must make this into a film. The Times Very seductive. McKenna is rightly confident of the appeal of his funny, dramatic and secretly quite significant story. Financial Times McKenna does an excellent job of dusting [Fanny and Stella] down for the 21st century, testing the limits of his documentary source material and showing what happens when the biographer allows himself the licence to go inside his subject's head. His writing has much of the performative element that characterised Stella and Fanny's appearances on the streets of London and in provincial halls. Showy as a feather boa, McKenna's text takes pleasure in its own silly excess ... Purists and puritans may balk at the book, both its tone and its way of proceeding. But everyone else will have a ball. -- Kathryn Hughes Guardian Gripping and novelistic history ... McKenna has unearthed plentiful evidence. Sunday Telegraph [An] often jaw-dropping tale... Faced with such terrific material, McKenna could easily have told the story straight (as it were). In the event, he puts in a performance easily as theatrical as his heroines in their pomp. While the basic research can't be faulted, he also gives us the inner thoughts of everybody concerned ... A largely irresistible story, complete with a big courtroom finish that I won't spoil. Daily Mail Both a fun and well-researched history. BBC History Magazine You would need to be a very dull - or prim - dog indeed not to find this a terrifically entertaining story. Neil McKenna has thrown himself into it with unfettered glee. If the opportunity arises to describe an anal fistula - and it does, frequently - he does not shirk it. [McKenna is] a sufficiently crisp, colourful and funny writer. Evening Standard A Fascinating slice of social history ... McKenna conjures the grubby glamour and camp excesses of Fanny and Stella's lives. He has a lot of fun with his subject while remaining sypathetic to those involved. Metro Wonderful ... This is a great read. It will be made into a movie as sure as Neil McKenna is the greatest gay biographer of our era. QX Magazine A most extraordinary tale through which author Neil McKenna paints a picture of a society that was a long, long way from the home life of our own dear Queen ... A fascinating reminder that Victorian society was nowhere near as respectable as it liked to believe. Sunday Express McKenna does a masterful job of recreating the lives of Fanny and Stella ... McKenna once again shows himself adept at meticulous research. He delivers a brilliant dissection of the plotting by authorities that led to the trial of Fanny and Stella. With his polished sense of narrative, McKenna's new book is a page-turner, rendered in felicitous, witty prose that makes the tragicomic lives of the two cross-dressers an unforgettable tale. In telling it, he provides a panoramic picture of a stratum of underworld queer English life in pre-Wilde days that is an important contribution to gay historiography ... This fascinating account richly merits a place on your bookshelf. Gay City News

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Award-winning journalist and former deputy editor of Elle Decoration, McKenna has also worked as an editor for Channel 4. Working extensively in the gay press he is known for initiating the campaign for gay law reform in the Isle of Man and leading the fight against Clause 25. He is the author of two ground-breaking books about male homosexuality and Aids in the developing world: On the Margins (1996) and The Silent Epidemic (1998). His debut biography, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde, was published in 2003 to wide acclaim.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Historical fact written like compelling fiction 22. Februar 2013
Von PW - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a much under served area of history - and this book approaches the narrative in the spirit that these 'ladies' lived their lives: highly dramatic, fun and light to read, but with a fascinating and shocking expose of the sexual attitudes (and ignorance of sexual practices) of the day. The book is written as a story that unfolds, so unless you know of Stella and Fanny in advance, it reads like a court room drama. If at all possible, I highly recommend that you don't read up on the story beforehand and immerse yourself in this wonderful world of wigs, sodomy and scandal!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining and.interesting 13. Februar 2013
Von knitfelt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Well worth reading for its insights, the author`s witty style makes what could be a dour look into a famous Victorian court case almost fun to read. At same time, the pathos of the situation two young transvestites find themselves is never given short shrift. This is popular history and while there are ample citations, the author is never afraid to speculate. Very enjoyable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I Love These Fascinating Footnotes From History 10. August 2013
Von Antonia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Until I saw a review of Neil McKenna's book, I confess I had never even heard of Fanny and Stella. Certainly, if a novelist had invented them, readers would have been hardpressed to believe that such flamboyant, extravagant, larger than life characters would have dared to behave this way in Victorian Britain. But they did, and their story is told in great style by the author. In fact, I can't imagine any other way to tell this story. As I read it, I felt as if a chatty friend had dropped in for tea and cakes, eager to impart a really juicy scandal. And he did. And I loved it. Highly recommended for broadminded adults.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Story Outshines the Storytelling Just Enough to Get You To the End 7. Mai 2014
Von B. Cromer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A really interesting story with great insights into the room (very small, but well constructed) Victorian society was able to make for LGBT people. However, there were times I wanted to throw the book against the wall for the author's dramatic repetitions, saying the same thing three different ways before moving onto the next thing and saying it four different ways. He's imitating the language of the transcripts and depositions he claims to be meticulously following, imitating some Victorian penny dreadful, or padding. Footnotes could have allayed fears about the last.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Before Oscar There was Fanny & Stella 28. April 2013
Von P. Shanahan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Sort of the drag mothers of Oscar Wilde and all that was to come, Fanny and Stella shocked the world with their lives. Mr. McKenna's well written and researched history of these two men is quite a journey. It combines the best of courtroom drama, tell-all biography, and gay history. The story of their sorted lives is a page turner and illustrates how far gay men have come and yet to go. It is history in drag as gossip and great fun!
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