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Book Description

Second impression (September 1944). 8vo, pp. [64]. In French; Preface in English. Blue cloth, lettered in blue. Spine sunned, significant bump to heel, with associated rucking to boards, light soiling and blotching. Holme’s ex libris, of her own design (a nightscape with perching owl in foreground), to front pastedown (a little grubby, small loss to bottom left corner), inscription in black ink to ffep: “From a lecture by Madame Desvignes –at/ the Liverpool University 27th January 1945”with newspaper clippings –‘Forbidden Books: How they were got into circulation’–covering the lecture pasted below and to verso. Else, clean and tidy.
Dealer Notes
FROM THE LIBRARY OF VERA JACK HOLME: SUFFRAGETTE & SAPPHIST, AID WORKER & ACTRESS

“A NOISY, EXPLOSIVE YOUNG PERSON”

Mrs Pankhurst’s description of Vera Jack Holme (1882-1969) above, aptly captures Holme’s active role in the militant side of the suffrage movement, her aid work in Serbia and Russia during WW1, as well as her sheer vim for life. Holme, who,especially in later years, chose a masculinised style of dress and wore herhair “decidedly short,”was known to friends and lovers as Jak, Jack or Jacko, a nickname from her music hall days (Crawford, 1999). These lifelong friendships and romantic relationships were tightly interwoven with membership of the WSPU. Holme’s ever enthusiastic contributions included playing Hannah Snell in Cicely Hamilton’s Pageant of Great Women, stone throwing, hiding in an organ to declare “Votes for Women”through the pipes, and touring magic lantern talks to campaign for the movement. Alongside this theatrical and activist bent, Holme’s mechanical expertise – she is perhaps most celebrated for driving the Pankhursts and is recorded as Britain’s first female chauffeur–led to work in the transport wing of a Scottish Women’s Hospitals unit in Serbia.

The subject matter of this title speaks to a key aspect of Holme's life: her commitment to radical politics and resistance movements.
Published secretly in occupied Paris in 1942 by Les Éditions de Minuit,Le Silence de la Merbe came a symbol of the French resistance and has been multiply translated and adapted for stage and screen.

Elizabeth Crawford(1999)The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A reference guide, 1866-1928.

Holme’s papers are held by The Women’s Library, LSE.
Author VERCORS [BRULLER, Jean]; MARK, Thomas (editor); [HOLME, Vera Jack]
Date 1944
Publisher London: Macmillan & Co., Limited
Condition Good

Price: £115.00

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