PositiveLambda LiteraryThe selections are wide-ranging enough so that every reader can find something of interest, from scholars and students to those just casually exploring the subject. One minor drawback, though, is a lack of publication dates for the older, \'vintage\' pieces. While reading them usually makes the era apparent, providing dates at the start might give a more immediate sense of the historical development. Still, the diversity of pieces, from across time and labels, written by \'dykes, queer women, butches, femmes, and lesbians,\' as Cheryl Clarke writes in her foreword, impressively shows the richness of Black lesbian intellectual life ... a timely anthology of writings that will certainly spark conversations, connections, and ideas, both within the community and beyond.
PositiveLambda Literary... an engaging life of the author ... Bradford crafts a dramatic portrait ... Bradford illuminates Highsmith’s talents and pitfalls by connecting them to her work. Bradford skillfully argues that Highsmith’s novels, even the ones not as well known, offer clues to the author’s personality. For those familiar with Highsmith’s novels, Devils, Lusts, and Strange Desires should deepen their understanding, while hopefully encouraging those just encountering her work to read further.