Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Centuryby Graham Robb
Pub. Date: 02/28/2005
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Graham Robb, brilliant biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud, examines how homosexuals were treated by society
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.
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Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||vii|
|2.||In the Shadows||17|
|3.||Country of the Blind||40|
|6.||Society of Strangers||156|
|7.||A Sex of One's Own||174|
|10.||Heroes of Modern Life||253|
|II.||'A Categoric Personal Analysis for the Reader'||276|
|III.||Map of Uranian Europe||278|
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