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Book review: Lesbian Decadence, written by Nicole E. Albert, translated by Nancy Erber and William Peniston

Tomboyish flappers, embracing lovers and “mesdam’messieurs” are just some of the sapphic women depicted in this beautiful vintage lesbian art.

Lesbian Decadence: Representations in Art and Literature of Fin-de-Siècle France – a collection of late 19th century and early 20th century lesbian artwork – features a number of rare illustrations, photographs and cartoons from the “decadent movement”.

The book, which recently won a Goldie (Golden Crown Literary Society Award) for Lesbian Nonfiction, delves into the “decadent movement” – a late 19th century period fascinated with lesbianism, as well as self-indulgence, drugs, perversion, crude humour and sensuality.

(Yes, we want to go there too.)

Originally written in French by Nicole G Albert, Lesbian Decadence has been translated into English by Nancy Erber and William Peniston, and republished and expanded by the LGBTQ scholarly imprint Harrington Park Press.

Check out a selection of the book’s art right here before you rush out to buy a copy…

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Reviewed by Bea Mitchell