Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay Writing / Edition 1

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Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay Writing is a lively and accessible biographical guide to lesbian and gay literary culture, from Sappho to modern pulp fiction. Featuring authors of works with lesbian or gay content as well as known lesbian and gay writers, this volume opens the boundaries of this field to include the writers of popular cultural fiction. It places these alongside the canon of poets, dramatists and novelists, to acknowledge the importance of pop culture to gay and lesbian communities. It includes fascinating entries on authors from W.H. Auden to Alice Walker, James Baldwin to Virginia Woolf. Also included are those such as Judith Butler who have theorised lesbian and gay culture and writing, or have contributed to the uncovering and charting of this vibrant literary history. Fully cross referenced, and with suggestions for further reading, this book offers an invaluable guide to a rich and varied literary culture and is indispensable for anyone with an interest in lesbian and gay writing.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The rerelease of The Gay & Lesbian Literary Heritage-published in 1995 by Holt-is to be celebrated for at least bringing back into print this best-ever, single-volume reference on the subject. Summers (English, Univ. of Michigan) presents both biographical and topical entries with an international scope, though the emphasis is on American and English literature. The writing is informative but also provocative, critical and yet consistently accurate and inclusive in the selection of works discussed. Unfortunately, of more than 380 entries, just 32 are new, and very few of the others have been revised or had their bibliographies updated. Allen Ginsberg's entry now has a death date and one new citation, but the text is untouched; the nine-column entry on AIDS literature, which previously delineated the most significant works year by year through 1994, adds just two scant paragraphs on the last seven years while revising none of the earlier text; and the entry on opera remains unchanged, thereby failing to note recent operas that for the first time deal overtly with gay themes (e.g., Stewart Wallace's Harvey Milk and Carla Lucero's Wuornos). Libraries that don't own the first edition or have worn it out should purchase this topnotch work despite the flaws, but those that still have the original can wait and hope for a fuller update. Presenting biographical entries on nearly 450 writers, Who's Who in Lesbian & Gay Writing differs from most of the previous two dozen titles in Routledge's series, which deal with historical figures or fictional characters (e.g., the Old Testament, the Greek world, military history). The significance of this distinction becomes clear when reading Griffin's entries, which are crammed with facts but offer little literary analysis. The entries lack the citations to critical secondary sources that one might expect in a who's who of writers as well as lists of significant publications, forcing Griffin to enumerate book titles and publication years in the text proper. She further dulls the text by emphasizing the names and dates of personal relationships over the qualities of the authors' writing. To be fair, one encyclopedist could not be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of so many writers in the way that a biblical scholar might be able to expatiate on the personages of the Old Testament. The book is most successful in its selection of worthy subjects, something Griffin notes can be particularly problematic given the contested sexuality of some writers. The choices are all the more admirable given the book's breadth, encompassing writers from all places and all periods. Still, most of the subjects here can already be found in other sources, making the only justification for this publication a resounding emphasis on the homosexual slant of an author's life or work-an approach Griffin loses among the minutiae of mundane facts. Recommended only for large subject collections.-Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415159845
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Who's Who Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Entries Include:
Ackland, Valentine
Acosta, Mercedes de
Aletrino, Arnold
Allatini, Rose see A.T. Fitzroy
Allen, Paula Gunn
Aron, Jean-Paul
Arrowsmith, Pat
Ashberry, John
Auden, W.H.
Baldwin, James
Barnes, Djuna
Beach, Sylvia
Beauvoir, Simone de
Berry, Paul
Burroughs, William S.
Busi, Aldo
Byron, Lord George Gordon
Califia, Pat
Calloway, Kate
Capote, Truman
Dickinson, Emily
Duncker, Patricia
Durrell, Lawrence
Eliot, T. S.
Ellis, Havelock
Evaristo, Bernardine
Feinberg, David B.
Fernandez, Dominique
Ferro, Robert
Fierstein, Harvey
Findley, Timothy
Firbank, Ronald
Foucault, Michel
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
Ginsberg, Allen
Gomez, Jewelle
Gunn, Thom
Gypsy Rose Lee
Hall, Richard
Hall, Sandi
Halliday, Caroline
Hampton, Christopher
Inge, William
Jahnn, Hans Henny
James, Alice
James, Henry
Kerouac, Jack
Lorca, Frederico Garcia
Lorde, Audre

Melville, Herman (DG)
Murdoch, Iris
Nachman, Elana
Nin, Anaïs
O'Hara, Frank
Patrick, Robert
Proust, Marcel
Roosevelt, Eleanor
Rossetti, Christina
Sade, Marquis de
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky
Shakespeare, William
Split Breeches
Stefan, Verena
Stein, Gertrude
Stoddard, Charles Warren
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Thoreau, Henry David
Tondelli, Pier Vittorio
Townsend Warner, Sylvia
Ulrichs, Karl Heinrich
Vidal, Gore
Walker, Alice
Williams, Tennessee
Woolf, Virginia
Yourcenar, Marguerite
Zapata, Luis
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