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Gay American Autobiography Writings from Whitman to Sedaris

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ISBN-10: 0299230449

ISBN-13: 9780299230449

Edition: 2009

Authors: David Bergman, David Bergman

List price: $29.95
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In the first anthology to survey the full range of gay menrsquo;s autobiographical writing from Walt Whitman to the present,Gay American Autobiographydraws excerpts from letters, journals, oral history, memoirs, and autobiographies to provide examples of the best life writing over the last century and a half. Volume editor David Bergman guides the reader chronologically through selected writings that give voice to every generation of gay writers since the nineteenth century, including a diverse array of American men of African, European, Jewish, Asian, and Latino heritage. Documenting a range of life experiences that encompass tattoo artists and academics, composers and drag queens, hustlers and clerks, it contains accounts of turn-of-the-century transvestites, gay rights activists, men battling AIDS, and soldiers attempting to come out in the army. Each selection provides important insight on the wide spectrum of ways gay men have defined and lived their lives, highlighting how self-awareness changes an authorrsquo;s experience. The volume includes an introduction by Bergman and headnotes for each of the nearly forty entries. Bringing many out-of-print and hard-to-find works to new readers, this challenging and comprehensive anthology chronicles American gay history and life struggles over the course of the past 150 years.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Permissions
Introduction
From his journals
From his letters to Peter Doyle
From his letters to Hendrick Andersen
"Chumming with a Savage: Kana-ana"
"Love's Dungeon Flower"
"Fleeing from Self (25 to 27)"
From Autobiography of an Androgyne
From Rat and the Devil
From Jeb and Dash
From Continual Lessons
"Carlsen, Crane"
"The Magic Summer"
"Spring and Summer 1956"
"The Priest and the Pagans"
From The New York Diary
"Gay in the Army"
From Minette: Recollections of a Part-Time Lady
"Larry"
From A Day and a Night at the Baths
"Voice Over: Four Factions of the Rear Guard"
From Young Man from the Provinces
From Under the Rainbow
"Writing Gay"
From The Motion of Light in Water
"My Harvard"
"Puck"
"The Last Days of Reinaldo Arenas: A Sadness as Deep as the Sea"
"Cherry"
"The End of Being Known"
"Memories That Smell Like Gasoline"
"On the Drip"
"Hejira"
"Ceremonies"
"The Aryan Boy"
"Chivalry"
"And Judas Boogied until His Slippers Wept"
Selected Gay Autobiographies and Life Writings