The Violet Quill Reader: The Emergence of Gay Writing after Stonewall

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The Violet Quill Club brought together the finest and most important gay writers to emerge in the first generation after Stonewall, writers who consciously set out to create gay literature. Edmund White, Andrew Holleran, Robert Ferro, Felice Picano, George Whitmore, Michael Grumley, and Christopher Cox - these are the writers whose novels, plays, short stories, and journalism defined what it was to be gay in that golden decade or so between the Stonewall Riots and the first announcements of AIDS. The Violet Quill...
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The Violet Quill Club brought together the finest and most important gay writers to emerge in the first generation after Stonewall, writers who consciously set out to create gay literature. Edmund White, Andrew Holleran, Robert Ferro, Felice Picano, George Whitmore, Michael Grumley, and Christopher Cox - these are the writers whose novels, plays, short stories, and journalism defined what it was to be gay in that golden decade or so between the Stonewall Riots and the first announcements of AIDS. The Violet Quill Reader includes work never before published: stories, essays, and letters available nowhere else, as well as selections from Michael Grumley's and Felice Picano's journals and the correspondence of Robert Ferro and Andrew Holleran. There are also excerpts from their most important novels: A Boy's Own Story, Dancer from the Dance, Family of Max Desir, and Nebraska, among others. But The Violet Quill Reader is much more than a compendium of the first generation of post-Stonewall gay fiction. It is a portrait of the most exciting and tragic years of gay history, beginning in the heady possibilities of gay liberation, chronicling the roaring age of discos and Fire Island, and ending in the sober realities of AIDS. Award-winning author and scholar David Bergman helps readers survey this rich and exciting treasury of gay literature with his illuminating introduction and incisive notes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312132026
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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David Bergman

David Bergman is professor of English at Towson University. The editor of The Violet Quill Reader, he has won awards for his collection of poems, Cracking the Code, his book Gaiety Transfigured: Self-Representation in Gay American Literature, and for editing the anthology Men on Men 2000.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Letter to Ann and Alfred Corn 1
2 Early Correspondence of Andrew Holleran and Robert Ferro 5
3 Rough Cuts from a Journal 28
4 From Dancer from the Dance 75
5 From Nocturnes for the King of Naples 91
6 From The Confessions of Danny Slocum 101
7 Aunt Persia and the Jesus Man 130
8 Sleeping Soldiers 142
9 Slashed to Ribbons, in Defense of Love 151
10 From The Family of Max Desir 159
11 From A Boy's Own Story 170
12 Dark Disco: A Lament 189
13 Getting Rid of Robert 194
14 From Nights in Aruba 214
15 From The Blue Star 225
16 From Nebraska 235
17 The Last Diary 269
18 From Second Son 298
19 From Life Drawing 318
20 An Oracle 329
21 Bearing Witness 363
22 The Symmetry! 373
23 Gay Literature Today 387
24 A Place of Their Own 398
Bibliography 408
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