Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present / Edition 1

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A unique and hugely absorbing narrative history of gay life—from Oscar Wilde to the first gay marriage performed in San Francisco in 2004—by the award-winning journalist and distinguished author of Out in the World and Sex- Crime Panic. Miller accompanies his narrative with essays and excerpts from contemporary and historical writings, and the text is illustrated with photos and line drawings.

Neil Miller is the author of Sex-Crime Panic and winner of the 2003 Randy Shilts Award for nonfiction and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. He is also the author of In Search of Gay America, winner of the 1990 American Library Association prize for gay and lesbian literature. He teaches journalism and nonfiction writing at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

A unique and hugely absorbing narrative history of gay life--from Oscar Wilde to the 25th anniversary of Stonewall--by the award-winning journalist and distinguished author of Out in the World. Miller accompanies his narrative with essays and excerpts from contemporary and historical writings. Photos and line drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bachelor lawyer Abraham Lincoln shared a bed with Illinois storekeeper Joshua Speed for three years starting in 1839. Because of its portrayal of a lesbian ``Boston marriage,'' Henry James's The Bostonians was omitted from the 26-volume Scribner edition of his works published 1907-1917. The facts recounted in this chronicle of gay and lesbian history from Walt Whitman to the movie Philadelphia range from the trivial to the interesting to the revelatory, with chapter-length narratives on the Harlem Renaissance and Paris in the 1920s; the Oscar Wilde and Radclyffe Hall trials; the romantic relationships between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok; homosexual entanglements among the Bloomsbury set; and Native American men who dressed and lived as women. Miller (Out in America) uses a conventional textbook style that at times infuriates with the simplicity of its tone. Although he uses fairly well-known primary source material, his excerpts are intriguing: A moving passage from Marvin Leibman's Coming Out Conservative illustrates his experience with discrimination in the military during WWII; Gide's autobiography recaptures his impression of meeting Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas at 25. This overview shows how some recent advances merely reprise gains made and lost in the past; while some past activities outdid anything in the present. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
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Traces the history of homosexuality since 1869, when the concept of "homosexuality" first entered the language. Discusses history's well-known homosexuals & chronicles gay & lesbian life worldwide, from Nazi Germany to the Stonewall riots. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555838706
  • Publisher: Alyson Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Miller is the author of Sex-Crime Panic, winner of the 2003 Randy Shilts Award for nonfiction and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. He is also the author of Out in the World and In Search of Gay America, winner of the 1990 ALA pri

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Table of Contents

1 The age of Whitman 3
2 Pioneers of sexology 14
3 We'Wha goes to Washington : the Berdache 29
4 Oscar Wilde 43
5 Romantic friendships between women 53
6 Sappho comes to Paris 71
7 England during the Great War 86
8 Germany's gold age 103
9 Greenwich Village 125
10 Renaissance in Harlem 135
11 Paris in the twenties 145
12 Bloomsbury 154
13 The well of loneliness 166
14 Czars and commissars : homosexuality in Russia 179
15 The Nazi persecution of homosexuals 194
16 The United States in World War II 210
17 The rise of the "gay is slick" shrinks 223
18 The age of McCarthy 234
19 The struggle for British law reform, 1950-1967 254
20 The other side of the 1950s 271
21 The other side of the 1950s, part 2 : lesbian butch/femme culture 290
22 The homophiles 302
23 Stonewall and the birth of gay and lesbian liberation 335
24 The 1970s : the times of Harvey Milk and Anita Bryant 366
25 Sex and music in the seventies 392
26 Lesbian nation and women's music 401
27 The 1980s : the age of AIDS 409
28 Communism and fascism 451
29 England : the battle over Clause 28 473
30 Japan 485
31 The Clinton years 497
32 Into the new millennium 523
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