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In Lost Gay Novels, respected pop culture historian Anthony Slide resurrects fifty early 20th century American novels with gay themes or characters and discusses them in carefully researched, engaging prose. Each entry offers you a detailed discussion of plot and characters, a summary of contemporary critical reception, and biographical information on the often-obscure writer. In Lost Gay Novels, another aspect of gay life and society is, in the words the author, uncloseted, providing you with an absorbing glimpse into the world of these nearly forgotten books.
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As Slide says in his introduction: The approach of the novelist toward homosexuality may not always be a positive one but the works are important to an understanding of contemporary attitudes toward gay men and gay society. Lost Gay Novels will help you further your own understanding of the dynamic relationship between literature and culture, and you will finish the book with a greater appreciation of modern American gay fiction.
Posted January 18, 2003
W.H. Auden said that no book was undeservedly remembered, but many regrettably forgotten. This is particularly the case with novels published before the 1970s dealing with homosexual themes and characters. The stigma attached to homosexual people and relationships made such novels scandalous and their authors marginalized. As a result, many common readers will assume that gay novels did not exist before the gay liberation movement in the late 1960s. Not so, as Anthony Slide's book reminds us. A labor of love and careful scholarship (including summaries of the novels' plots and their critical reception), Slide's _Lost Gay Novels_ is both interesting reading as well as a useful reference work. Students and scholars of American literature will be grateful to Slide for his gathering this rich history. College and university libraries, as well as local libraries, will find this a valuable addition to their reference sections. General readers will be fascinated with this social history and engaged by Slide's accessible (jargon-free) and witty prose.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.