ebook A Portrait of the First Sex Change

By Niels Hoyer

cover image of Lili

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The autobiography of the first known recipient of gender-affirming surgery, a story adapted into the feature film The Danish Girl.

An inspirational and moving account of the transformation of the painter Einar Wegener into Lili Elbe, compiled from Lili's own letters and manuscripts.
Lili Elbe was, in 1931, the first transsexual to receive a male-to female sex change. This remarkable book—a sensation when first published over eighty years ago—shows Lili as a trans pioneer who took extraordinary risks to discover and liberate her true identity.
It is also a tale of marriage, of love and romance, that provides a fascinating insight to the bohemian society of the 1930s.
Lili: A Portrait of the First Sex Change is told through original documents, her personal correspondence, and with contributions from those who loved her most. Available in English as an ebook for the first time, it remains a pertinent and powerful work, acting as a monument to an iconic struggle, and a celebration of her bold and profoundly human journey.