Diana Frederics's Diana: a Strange Autobiography


Published in 1939 by the Dial Press, Diana: A Strange Autobiography is the only known book written by Diana Frederics. The publisher’s note indicates that “this book is the autobiography of a woman who tried to be normal. Although she has found it necessary to write under a pseudonym and to hide the identities of the women whose life stories fused with hers […] this book is not a work of fiction. It is a true story, the first of its kind to be offered to the general reading public”. This book is significant as it introduces a female voice in the male-dominated medical narrative about lesbians. Diana is a self-identified lesbian who, though initially ashamed, develops into a politically aware and self-validated woman who is happy and fulfilled at the end of the book.

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