Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century

Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century

by Graham Robb
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393326497

ISBN-13: 2900393326498

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The nineteenth century was a golden age for those people known variously as sodomites, Uranians, monosexuals, and homosexuals. Long before Stonewall and Gay Pride, there was such a thing as gay culture, and it was recognized throughout Europe and America.

Graham Robb, brilliant biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud, examines how homosexuals were treated by society

Overview

The nineteenth century was a golden age for those people known variously as sodomites, Uranians, monosexuals, and homosexuals. Long before Stonewall and Gay Pride, there was such a thing as gay culture, and it was recognized throughout Europe and America.

Graham Robb, brilliant biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud, examines how homosexuals were treated by society and finds a tale of surprising tolerance. He describes the lives of gay men and women: how they discovered their sexuality and accepted or disguised it; how they came out; how they made contact with like-minded people. He also includes a fascinating investigation of the encrypted homosexuality of such famous nineteenth-century sleuths as Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes himself (with glances forward in time to Batman and J. Edgar Hoover). Finally, Strangers addresses crucial questions of gay culture, including the riddle of its relationship to religion: Why were homosexuals created with feelings that the Creator supposedly condemns?

This is a landmark work, full of tolerant wisdom, fresh research, and surprises. 31 illustrations.

Author Biography: Graham Robb's three most recent books have been selected as New York Times Editor's Choices for best books of the year. Robb lives in Oxford, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900393326498
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
370

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
1.Prejudice1
Part 1
2.In the Shadows17
3.Country of the Blind40
4.Outings84
Part 2
5.Miraculous Love125
6.Society of Strangers156
7.A Sex of One's Own174
Part 3
8.Fairy Tales197
9.Gentle Jesus233
10.Heroes of Modern Life253
Appendices
I.Criminal Statistics272
II.'A Categoric Personal Analysis for the Reader'276
III.Map of Uranian Europe278
Acknowledgements280
Notes281
Works Cited307
Index332

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