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Book Title: Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England|
The author of the book: Neil McKenna
Edition: Faber Faber
Date of issue: January 16th 2014
ISBN 13: 9780571231911
Format files: PDF
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28th April 1870. Fanny and Stella, the flamboyantly dressed Miss Fanny Park and Miss Stella Boulton, are causing a stir in the Strand Theatre. All eyes are riveted upon their lascivious oglings of the gentlemen in the stalls. Moments later they are led away by the police. What followed was a scandal that shocked and titillated Victorian England in equal measure.
It turned out that the alluring Miss Fanny Park and Miss Stella Boulton were no ordinary young women. Far from it. In fact, 'Boulton and Park' were young men who liked to dress as women. When the Metropolitan Police launched a secret campaign to bring about their downfall, they were arrested and subjected to a sensational show trial in Westminster Hall.
As the trial of 'the Young Men in Women's Clothes' unfolded, Fanny and Stella's extraordinary lives as wives and daughters, actresses and whores were revealed to an incredulous public.
With a cast of peers, politicians and prostitutes, drag queens, doctors and detectives, Fanny and Stella is a Victorian peepshow, exposing the startling underbelly of nineteenth-century London. By turns tragic and comic, meticulously researched and dazzlingly written, Fanny and Stella is an enthralling tour-de-force.
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Read information about the authorNeil McKenna has emerged as one of the most exciting and distinctive voices in modern British biography, combining superb research, analysis and insights with a dazzlingly lucid and accessible style.
His spectacular debut biography The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde was one of the unexpected publishing successes of 2003, garnering extensive publicity and achieving extremely high sales figures. Neil’s McKenna’s book was widely praised for its fresh and exciting new material about Oscar Wilde and for the quality of the writing. The book was extensively reviewed in Britain and around the world.
Neil McKenna is also an award-winning journalist who has written for The Independent, The Independent-on-Sunday, The Observer, The Guardian and the New Statesman. He is a former deputy editor of Elle Decoration and worked as an editor for Channel 4.
He has also worked extensively in the gay press where he is known for initiating the campaign for gay law reform in the Isle of Man and leading the fight against Clause 25.
He is the author of two ground-breaking books about men who have sex with men and Aids in the developing world: On the Margins (1996) and The Silent Epidemic (1998). On the Margins had a major effect on global policy on Aids, forcing UNAIDS to address the neglected issue of men who have sex with men and HIV in the developing world.