Legacies of Love: A Heritage of Queer Bonding / Edition 1

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Discover famous gays and lesbians whose love affairs became historic

Society consistently reinforces the false assumptions and negative stereotypes that gays and lesbians are incapable of love. Legendary Love: Patterns of Queer Bonding shatters this myth by presenting true stories of famous queer love relationships around the world and throughout history. This encyclopedic book explores same-sex love affairs of the famous such as Oscar Wilde, Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, Rita Mae Brown, Martina Navratilova, Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander the Great, Freddie Mercury, Lawrence of Arabia, and Danny Kaye. Sexologist and psychotherapist author Winston Wilde examines human bonding patterns using revealing factual case studies of famous same-sex relationships.

Fourteen years of research went into Legendary Love: Patterns of Queer Bonding, making it a unique cross of informative reference book and engaging celebrity tell-all. This source expertly reviews many of the most well known—and some surprising—same-gender relationships that are authentic, unembellished, and quite entertaining. Here you’ll find same-sex love stories in all their splendor crossing age and cultural barriers, from short-lived to long lasting, happy to tragic, tranquil to dangerous. This thought-provoking book may be proof positive that heterosexual love is not the only genuine love out there. A helpful glossary is included defining unfamiliar words and phrases.

Same-sex relationship patterns examined in Legendary Love: Patterns of Queer Bonding include:
• Heterogender love
• Intergenerational love
• Overlapping love
• Interclass love
• Interethnic love
• Utopian love
• Peer love

Legendary Love: Patterns of Queer Bonding is truly a gift to LGBT people everywhere who have been denied the truth of their history of love. This unique and important book should be included in academic and public libraries everywhere.

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What People Are Saying

Judith Light
A STRIKING WORK OF BOTH ERUDITION AND ENTERTAINMENT. How rare it is to discover a book that will intrigue readers of the New York Review of Books as much as it will delight those devoted to People magazine. On one level, THIS FASCINATING BOOK IS AN ENCYCLOPEDIC EXPANSION OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LIVES OF SOME OF THE BEST KNOWN PEOPLE IN HISTORY—from Socrates, to Eleanor Roosevelt, to Jane Addams, to J. Edgar Hoover. On another level it is a profoundly original reexamination of love itself and its many manifestations. Dr. Wilde TURNS ON ITS HEAD OUR KNEE-JERK ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE BASIS AND NATURE OF LOVE, as well as what it is exactly that attracts human beings to each other. In addition, he leads us almost without our noticing into a realization of how little we understand the patterns of intimate relating that characterize the lives of those around us. Without ever becoming pontifical he cleverly reveals the conspiracy of silence that exists about the reality of the lives real human beings actually live. . . . GIVES US A WHOLE NEW VIEW OF HISTORY. While his tone is muted and his touch is gentle, he has a revolutionary's passion for revealing, and honoring, the suppressed and forgotten partners who often fueled the great accomplishments of their celebrated lovers. Without becoming polemical, he insists on our relooking at the realities of such figures as James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln. . . . Dr. Wilde introduces his book as a 'gift to queer people.' I would have to argue that it is a gift to all of us, and none more than those of us living in a straight world but eager to be led to greater awareness and openness by our Gay leaders and teachers. (Judith Light, Actor, Producer, Activist)
Mark Thompson
A RICH COMPENDIUM OF STIRRING VIGNETTES . . . offers a fascinating window into same-sex relationships throughout history. Serious and scholarly, yet written with a lively wit, the book is DESTINED TO BECOME A FAVORITE SOURCE FOR STUDENTS AND THE GENERAL READER ALIKE. The author's unique perspective deepens our understanding of the many permutations that human love and bonding can take. . . . REVOLUTIONARY. (Mark Thompson, author of Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, Gay Body trilogy)
Don Shewey
If you're looking for a staid scholarly analysis of gay lovers in history, pass this one by. Winston Wilde has written a fascinating, quirky, lively, and free-wheeling cross-cultural survey of same-sex romantic/erotic partnerships from the earliest days of civilization to the present. Its eccentric encyclopedic structure, reminiscent of Jonathan Katz's Gay American History, turns out to be as insightful as it is compelling. It is an exhaustive study, grouping a vast array of couples into seven intriguing categories of love. Yet it is not exhausting to read at all, because Wilde weaves famous and obscure examples together with spicy anecdotal entries that defy formula at every turn. While his research is thorough and profound, these sometimes sad and often surprising love stories are delivered with delicious doses of personal commentary and wisely selective attention to detail. It is both breathtaking and refreshing to come across references to George Washington Carver as 'the gay African-American who invented peanut butter' or to Abraham Lincoln's assassin as 'homosexual actor John Wilkes Booth.' Wilde is not afraid to be gossipy or opinionated, and that's what makes Legacies of Love the best kind of reference book—one to revisit, not to gather dust. (Don Shewey, Author, Critic (The Advocate), Editor of Out Front: Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Plays)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560236641
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Winston Wilde, MA, DHS, is a sexologist and a psychotherapist in private practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Wilde's research includes his pioneering studies into the sexualities of blind persons. He has spoken internationally on the subject of queer love. This volume is the culmination of fourteen years of research.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Bishop Otis Charles). Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Pattern of Heterogender Love. 2. Pattern of Intergenerational Love. 3. Pattern of Overlapping Love. 4. Pattern of Interclass Love. 5. Pattern of Interethnic Love. 6. Pattern of Utopian Love. 7. Pattern of Peer Love. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    It¿s an impressive effort based on 14 years of research¿part ref

    It’s an impressive effort based on 14 years of research—part reference book, and part celebrity tell-all—Legendary Love is a collection of very short takes on more than a hundred relationships by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Margaret Mead, Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander the Great, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Mary Wollstonecraft.

    An engaging and thouroughly researched account of queer bonding, Legacies of Love shatters the false and negative notion that love is exclusively heterosexual. It is a true gift to LGBT people everywhere who have been denied the truth of their history of love.

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