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After Sappho

After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz

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By Selby Wynn Schwartz

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A joyous reimagining of the lives of a brilliant group of feminists, sapphists, artists and writers from the past, as they battle for control over their lives, for liberation and for justice.

Told in a series of cascading vignettes, featuring a multitude of voices, After Sappho hails the female torchbearers of the late 19th and early 20th century.
WHAT did we want? To begin with, we wanted what half the population had got by just being born.

Sarah Bernhardt – Colette – Eleanora Duse – Lina Poletti – Josephine Baker – Virginia Woolf… these are just a few of the women sharing the pages of a novel as fierce as it is luminous. Lush and poetic, furious and funny – in After Sappho, Selby Wynn Schwartz has created a work that celebrates the women and trailblazers of the past – and also offers hope for our present, and our futures.


02 Jan 2023


A drily witty (white) women's-eye view of European history (well, Italy, France and England anyway) from the 1870's to the 1920's. Written in short vignettes with sparse prose it's an interesting and unusual read.

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