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Valentine Ackland
(May 20, 1906 - November 9, 1968) U.K.

Valentine Ackland



Born in London into a well-to-do family who had and unsettled and unhappy early life, including a marriage at 19 that remained unconsummated and was annulled. Ackland is mainly known for her relationship with Sylvia Towsend Warner whom she met through T.F. Powys and with whom she lived from 1930 until her death.

In her autobiographical essay For Sylvia: An Honest Account, she writes details on her relationship with Sylvia aas wella as about other relationships with both women and men, and her coming to terms with her lesbianism.



  • Whether a Dove or a Seagull (1934)
  • The Nature of the Moment (1973)
  • For Sylvia: An Honest Account (1985)

Excerpts from: Gabriele Griifn, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

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