Anne Lister - scholar - heiress -
lesbian - traveller - owned and ran the Shibden Hall estate in Halifax.
Her four-million word diaries give a vivid picture of the daily life
of an independent woman in the early nineteenth century.
In Presenting the Past, Jill Liddington tells the
dramatic story of how the diaries and letters have survived since
Anne Lister's death in 1840. She recounts how the code, in which Anne
recorded her lesbian affairs in her journals, was eventually deciphered.
Successive generations of historians and editors have selected and
presented their version of the Anne Lister story. Taking the reader
into the Archives where the Shibden Hall papers are preserved, Presenting
the Past offers the first critical reappraisal of these very different
images of Anne Lister.
The 'case of Anne Lister' as presented here by Jill Liddington
has the attraction of a detective story . . . Anyone with an interest
in the past and in how views of the past have been created, will be
fascinated by this volume. Professor Leonore Davidoff,
Editor, Gender and History.
Jill Liddington lives in Mytholmroyd near Halifax and teaches
at LeedsUniversity. Her previous work includes:
One Hand Tied Behind Us: The Rise of the Women's Suffrage Movement (with Jill Norris),
Jill Liddington contributed to Gentleman Jack from Halifax, a
programme about Anne Lister, broadcast on BBC Radio Four.
The Life and Times of a Respectable Rebel: Selina Cooper 1864-1946.
The Long Road to Greenham, Virago Press 1989 won the Fawcett
Book Prize in 1990.
Presenting the Past: Anne Lister of Halifax, by Jill Liddington