Deadly Closets

Overview

Charles Jackson (1903-1968) is best known for his novel, The Lost Weekend. Published less than a decade after the founding of AA, the novel's intense psychological portrait of an alcoholic captivated both the public and critics. But Jackson's success was short-lived. His second novel probed a subject far more daring than chemical dependency. In 1946 he published The Fall of Valor, a novel about a married professor's homosexual attachment to a young Marine captain. The critics who applauded his frank approach to ...

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Overview

Charles Jackson (1903-1968) is best known for his novel, The Lost Weekend. Published less than a decade after the founding of AA, the novel's intense psychological portrait of an alcoholic captivated both the public and critics. But Jackson's success was short-lived. His second novel probed a subject far more daring than chemical dependency. In 1946 he published The Fall of Valor, a novel about a married professor's homosexual attachment to a young Marine captain. The critics who applauded his frank approach to alcoholism were disturbed that he would write about a subject many deemed unsuitable for fiction. This book examines the life and fiction of Charles Jackson, a pioneer gay writer who addressed taboo issues with insight and sensitivity. The closets of addiction, repressed sexuality, and violence he explored were not merely "untidy" but deadly. His stories about "outing," gay-bashing, molestation, thrill killers, and media sensationalism are more relevant today than when they appeared fifty years ago.

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On the life and work of Jackson, best known for his dark 1944 novel . Here, he's viewed as a pioneering author who was ahead of his time in his insightful treatment of taboo subjects such as homosexuality, addiction, and child molestation. Though was a best-seller and became a hit movie, Jackson's fame was short-lived, his work dismissed by critics as socially significant but of scant literary value. Connelly, an English instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, is a fiction writer who has also written studies of Orwell and Gissing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761819127
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/3/2001
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Connelly is the author of The Diminished Self: Orwell and the Loss of Freedom, Orwell and Gissing, and several college textbooks. His fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, Milwaukee Magazine, Contemporary Atlanta, and numerous university journals. He is currently an English instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he designs and teaches telecourses for College of the Air.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface: Rereading The Lost Weekend Chapter 2 Charles Jackson: Discovery and Denial Chapter 3 The Lost Weekend: A Gay Chronology Chapter 4 Don Birnam: Injustice Collector Chapter 5 The Fall of Valor: Doomed to Defeat Chapter 6 John Grandin: A Matter of Degree Chapter 7 The Outer Edges: Off the Chart Chapter 8 The Sunnier Side: Retreat and Attack Chapter 9 Total Recall: Don Birnam in Arcadia Chapter 10 Without Apology: Earthly Creatures Chapter 11 The Last Closet: Nymphomania in Arcadia Chapter 12 Conclusion

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