Pioneering scholar, activist, and historian John D'Emilio has broken ground with books like The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and Culture and his National Book Award-nominated biography Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.
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Date of Birth:
September 21, 1948
Place of Birth:
Bronx, New York
B.A., Columbia University, 1970; Ph.D., 1982
Editor’s Choice Award, Lambda Literary Foundation, for The World Turned, 2003
|2003 National Book Award Finalist|
|Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin|
"At the end as at the beginning, [Rustin] was true to himself and his convictions," The Washington Post notes. "John D'Emilio has done him, and us, the great good service of showing how deep those convictions ran and how utterly central they were to his splendid life."
|Early Inspiration||Favorite Writers & Reads|
"I read this book when I was 15 years old, in 1964, and it was the first time I had confronted a gay character in print," D'Emilio recalls in our exclusive interview about James Baldwin's breakthrough novel. "It let me know that this was possible, that there was a life out there I might have."
|Coming of Age in Mississippi|
In our interview, D'Emilio told us that Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi is another favorite, calling it "the most powerful memoir of childhood and adolescence I have ever read." Read our interview to learn more about D'Emilio's best-loved books, including:
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