On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual

On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual

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On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller, Charles Kaiser, Dan Savage

The groundbreaking work on being homosexual in America—available again only from Penguin Classics and with a new foreword by Dan Savage

Originally published in 1971, Merle Miller’s On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States. Just two years after the Stonewall riots, Miller wrote a poignant essay for the New York Times Magazine entitled “What It Means To Be a Homosexual” in response to a homophobic article published in Harper’s Magazine. Described as “the most widely read and discussed essay of the decade,” it carried the seed that would blossom into On Being Different—one of the earliest memoirs to affirm the importance of coming out.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101603567
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 774 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Merle Miller (1919–1986) was an editor at Harper’s Magazine, Time, and the Nation, and was the bestselling author of several books, including the novel A Gay and Melancholy Sound and Plain Speaking, a biography of President Harry Truman.

Dan Savage is the internationally syndicated columnist of “Savage Love” and the author of several books. With his husband Terry Miller, he cofounded the It Gets Better project and edited the It Gets Better collection.

Charles Kaiser is an author, journalist, and blogger. His books include 1968 in America and The Gay Metropolis, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. He lives in New York City.

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On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gravitality More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite book. From the foreword to the notes, this book moved me in so many ways. Being gay myself, I could never even imagine living in a time like this. Miller words everything perfectly, citing sources, using his own experiences--everything fits together so perfectly, and it creates a perfect image. I recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested or not--it's a very short, nice read. It honestly really makes you think.