The Violet Hourby David Bergman
The members of the literary circle known as the Violet QuillAndrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Edmund White, Christopher Cox, Michael Grumley, Robert Ferro, and George Whitmorecollectively represent the aspirations and the achievement of gay writing during and after the gay liberation movement. David Bergman's social history shows how the works of these
The members of the literary circle known as the Violet QuillAndrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Edmund White, Christopher Cox, Michael Grumley, Robert Ferro, and George Whitmorecollectively represent the aspirations and the achievement of gay writing during and after the gay liberation movement. David Bergman's social history shows how the works of these authors reflected, advanced, and criticized the values, principles, and prejudices of the culture of gay liberation. In spinning many of the most important stories gay men told of themselves in the short period between the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s, the Violet Quill exerted an enormous influence on gay culture. The death toll of the AIDS epidemic, including four of the Violet Quill's seven members, has made putting such recent events into a historical context all the more important and difficult. The work of the Violet Quill expresses the joy, suffering, grief, hope, activism, and caregiving of their generation. The Violet Hour meets the urgent need for a history of the men who bore witness not only to the birth but also to the decimation of a culture.
Gary L. Atkins, Seattle University
Arthur L. Little, Jr.
Martha E. Stone
- Columbia University Press
- Publication date:
- Between Men~Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 0.74(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
What People are saying about this
Nobody but David Bergman could have written this book, which is certain to become the standard reference work for the writings of all the Violet Quill authors. More than this, The Violet Hour brilliantly illuminates the context of all gay writing of the 1970s. It is beautifully written, ingeniously ordered and full of trenchant comment on every page. Bergman is to be hugely congratulated for this perceptive and challenging study. It will inform and strongly influence our view of post-war gay male writing for a long while to come, and confirms its author's pre-eminence among contemporary critics of gay male literature.'
Richard Canning, author of Gay Fiction Speaks and Hear Us Out: Conversations with Gay Novelists
Meet the Author
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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