Noble Lives: Biographical Portraits of Three Remarkable Gay Men - Glenway Wescott, Aaron Copland, and Dag Hammarskjold

Noble Lives: Biographical Portraits of Three Remarkable Gay Men - Glenway Wescott, Aaron Copland, and Dag Hammarskjold

by Marc E. Vargo


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560235453
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • Glenway Wescott
  • Introduction
  • Wisconsin Days
  • France in the Jazz Age
  • The Manhattan Years
  • The Activist Years
  • Sunset at Haymeadows
  • Aaron Copland
  • Introduction
  • Brooklyn Days
  • Life In France
  • The Musicalization of Americana
  • Populist
  • Organizer
  • Innovator
  • Elder Statesman
  • The Copland Legacy
  • Dag Hammarskjöld
  • Introduction
  • The Red Castle
  • Golden Boy
  • The Great Depression
  • The War Years
  • The United Nations
  • Global Peacemaker
  • Tragedy in the Congo
  • Epilogue
  • Further Reading
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Dennis Denisoff PhD

These CONCISE YET THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED biographies make an important contribution to history and scholarship. Vargo's energetic, vibrant descriptions bring his subjects to life. More than that, his writing invigorates the pages of this book and gives the reader a full, rounded sense of Wescott, Copland, and Hammarskjöld not simply as talented individuals, but as adventurers who each, in his own way, successfully navigated the dangerous and exciting terrain of twentieth-century gay life. Vargo has created a rare and wonderful thing -- a book that is an utter pleasure to consume even as it remains solid in its scholarly complexity and depth.
—(Dennis Denisoff, PhD, Author of The Winter Gardeners)

David Bergman

David Bergman, PhD, Professor of English, Towson University; Author of The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture
Thoughtful and judicious. . . . Vargo has produced COMPREHENSIVE BUT CONCISE portraits of three extraordinary men who as artists and public figures made lasting contributions to the world. His thoughtful, judicious treatment of these complex men illuminates how their remarkable achievements were not unrelated to their sexuality, even as in the case of Dag Hammarskjöld if it meant the complete suppression of his homoerotic drives. In the consideration, creativity, and public service that they provided, Glenway Wescott, Aaron Copland, and Dag Hammarskjöld demonstrate how gay men have enriched the lives of everyone.

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