Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography

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In 1951 George Jorgensen, an American man of 26, left for Denmark and returned a year later as the first world-renowned transsexual, Christine Jorgensen. In her own personable style, Jorgensen offers a firsthand account of her ground-breaking life. "Nature made a mistake," she wrote, "which I have corrected."
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In 1951 George Jorgensen, an American man of 26, left for Denmark and returned a year later as the first world-renowned transsexual, Christine Jorgensen. In her own personable style, Jorgensen offers a firsthand account of her ground-breaking life. "Nature made a mistake," she wrote, "which I have corrected."
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Jorgensen made international headlines in the early 1950s as the first person to go public about having a sex-change operation. Following the revelation, s/he became the poster child for transsexualism. Her 1967 autobiography is a straightforward account of growing up as a boy with much inner conflict. It goes on to cover the decision to have the surgery, the procedure itself, and her successful career as a Las Vegas entertainer. This contains a new introduction by gay historian Susan Stryker. (LJ 9/1/67) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573441001
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2000

    Christine: The Lady Revisited

    It is time that the public was reminded of Christine Jorgensen's status as a household word in the 1950s.She was catapulted into the limelight upon her return from Denmark where she went to find a solution for her gender dysphoria.After three years,George came back to New York as Christine.Her 1966 autobiography is extremely polite.She does not explain the two surgeries in Denmark and one in America that completed her transition.She said in interviews towards the end of her life that the public was not ready for some of what she had to say. Never theless, her autobiography gives insight into an intelligent, witty, and talented woman who many regarded as a freak. Christine was anything but a freak. The introduction by Susan Stryker is a huge bonus to this reissue and this reader wishes someone would write a biography on Jorgensen. Christine remained a celebrity throughout her lifetime.She made a good living on a nightclub act that was very successful.She had talent!She performed as a legitimate actress on stage to rave reviews. She craved to act but Hollywood turned its back on her because she was Christine Jorgensen. I recommend this book because it is enlightening and of historic value.She was the first pulicized sex-change.Christine came out of all the publicity with dignity and grace. It is well worth getting to know her. She has been gone since 1989, but she is part of history and, for some unknown reason, she is left out of books on the 50s. The reissue, with Ms.Stryker's excellent introduction and numerous photos never seen before, makes this book a very worthwhile read. If you have never heard of Ms.Jorgensen, you are in for a treat. If you heard of her but don't remember what she was like, it is worth your time to pay her a visit. Christine never regretted her incredible transition. She knew who she was and through all the jeering, she came out of it with dignity and self-respect.One cannot help but to like her. Her book is worth the time and Stryker's addition and the glorious photos make this book a must for anyone interested in Gender history. Christine Jorgensen was a bright and witty lady!

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