London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1892
[Rare] (XIX) Bc [Field]
Michael Field was a pseudonym for the couple Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper, who published dozens of volumes of poetry. They lived together for decades and remained devoted to one another, using the term ‘marriage’ to describe their relationship, although alongside periods of passionate Paganism and equally devout Catholicism, they occasionally repudiated the physical expression of their sexuality. This volume of verse, published in a limited edition and not reprinted for many decades, portrays a clear, if somewhat arch, longing for the female body, the queer savour of which was obscured by the male name on the cover.