Other literary forms
Radclyffe Hall launched her writing career in 1906 with a collection of verse, ’Twixt Earth and Stars. This well-received collection was followed by four more volumes of Hall’s poetry, which were published between 1908 and 1915. In 1907, Hall met Mabel Veronica Batten, an amateur singer and prominent socialite, who helped her set twenty-one of the eighty poems in’Twixt Earth and Stars to music. With encouragement from Batten, Hall published Sheaf of Verses in 1908. This volume included poems on lesbian sexuality, notably “Ode to Sappho” and “The Scar.”
Hall published three more volumes of verse: Poems of the Past and Present (1910), Songs of Three Counties, and Other Poems (1913), and The Forgotten Island (1915). The narrator in The Forgotten Island ruminates on her past life on the island of Lesbos and bemoans her fading love for another woman.
Aside from her collections of poetry, Hall published Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself, a collection of short stories, in 1934. The five stories in Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself mirror some of the author’s own inner conflicts. Its critical reception was disappointing. Her letters are collected in Your John: The Love Letters of Radclyffe Hall (1997), edited by Joanne Glasgow.