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12th November 2020


Gallic Books


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Karla Jay & Yvonne M. Klein


UK, Europe & BC

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The Woman of the Wolf and Other Stories

(La Dame à la louve)

Author Renée Vivien


A radically feminist reworking of adventure stories, biblical tales, and Greek and Roman fables from the late sapphic poet.

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A woman rides crocodiles like horses. A queen gives up her throne for her dignity. And Prince Charming is not who you might think . . .

The Woman of the Wolf and Other Stories, written in 1904, is perhaps the finest work by sapphic poet Renée Vivien. Blending myth, fairy story and biblical tale, Vivien creates powerful portraits of strong women who stand up for what they believe in – and of the aggrieved men who trail behind them.

Bold, defiant and suffused with a unique poetic voice, this scintillating collection of short stories offers a radical alternative to traditional lore.

‘The unabashed irreality of these stories … are also their finest quality. They remind me of exotic tropical flowers that can only be cultivated in a hothouse—valued not for their longevity but for the spectacular effect of their short-lived blossoming’ Queer Modernisms
Renée Vivien

Meet the author

Renée Vivien was a British poet who wrote in the French language. Born Pauline Mary Tarn in London in 1877, she spent most of her life in Paris, where she was part of the glittering set of American expatriate lesbians who gathered around Natalie Barney. She soon became established as one of the fine…

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