Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

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Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed.

Winner of the 1994 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, Chauncey's brilliant work challenges the ...

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Overview

Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed.

Winner of the 1994 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, Chauncey's brilliant work challenges the conventional wisdom that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet. "Chauncey's genius here is the way he combines real lives and theory."--Out. Illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chauncey reconstructs New York's pre-WWII gay community, revealing a group that was deeply involved in the city's social and cultural scenes. June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465026210
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 225,388
  • Lexile: 1720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Chauncey is professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, which won the distinguished Turner and Curti Awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award. He testified as an expert witness on the history of antigay discrimination at the 1993 trial of Colorado's Amendment Two, which resulted in the Supreme Court's Romer v. Evans decision that antigay rights referenda were unconstitutional, and he was the principal author of the Historians' Amicus Brief, which weighed heavily in the Supreme Court's landmark decision overturning sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas (2003). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives and works in Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    what your best friends can't tell you

    I needed to kill some time in NYC before an appointment and popped into B&N to see what was new and found Gay NY on the shelf. Looked historically intriguing so, I found a chair, opened the book and read...for the next two hours! Missed the appointment, but found my roots a la Alex Haley! Its size is not intimidating for those who like to choke on lots of information (lol), in fact the size lends itself to lots of info lost or forgotten by our fellow brothers. In an age where it seems only youth, beauty and size matter we tend to ignore those who have come before us because they're 'not with it' or 'can't keep up.' Yet, how will we know where we are going if we don't know where we've come from? If you know someone who needs to get a clue and touch base with reality, then this is the book for them! Wish my last dinner partner had read it...or anything for that matter so that we could have conversed about something other than his latest Botox injections. Enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    Historical & Psychological Roots

    Chauncey's book -- used as one of many textbooks in a graduate course I took a few years ago -- provides historical and psychological roots to gay men. It's so hard to find a clear and well-written history . . . something that answers the important questions like (1) Who are my gay forefathers?; (2) Why are green carnations, red ties and lavender mist symbols of gay culture?; and, (3) Aren't there better ways to meet life partners other than in the baths? <grin> It's thick, but not boring; it's detailed, but not pedentic; and, lastly, it's an antidote to narrow-minded histories that present America as 100% heterosexual.

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