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Kevin Killian and Lewis Ellingham - Poet Be Like God : Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Kevin Killian and Lewis Ellingham - Authors of : Poet Be Like God : Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance
Hardcover - 486 pages (May 1998) 
Wesleyan Univ Pr; ISBN: 0819553085

"Gay Literature Studies; Unlike his contemporaries Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gary Snyder, Jack Spicer (1925-1965)--a key figure in San Francisco's gay cultural scene--was a poet who disdained publishing and relished his role as social outcast. Virtually unrecognized when he died, his work has since intrigued an international audience. Now this comprehensive biography gives a pivotal poet his due, based on interviews with those who knew him."

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Wilfrid R Koponen - Embracing a Gay Identity: Gay Novels as Guides - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Wilfrid R Koponen - Author of : Embracing a Gay Identity: Gay Novels as Guides
Hardcover - 200 pages (July 1993) 
Bergin & Garvey; ISBN: 0897893360

"Gay Literature Studies Books; Presents a psychological analysis of the process of "coming out" for gay men in America since 1950. Koponen uses six American novels as guides to illustrate this process, including "Falconer" by John Cheever; "Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin; and "The Beautiful Room is Empty" by Edmund White."

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Lawrence D. Mass (Ed.) - We Must Love One Another or Die : The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Lawrence D. Mass - Editor of : We Must Love One Another or Die : The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer
Paperback - 416 pages (June 1999) 
Palgrave; ISBN: 0312220847

"Gay Literature Studies; This biography of Larry Kramer assesses his unique contribution to public life, and specifically to gay communities worldwide. Kramer's story is described as the saga of an individual's evolution from private citizen and successful businessman to public artist and political activist."

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Mark Mitchell & David Leavitt (Editors) - Pages Passed from Hand to Hand : The Hidden Tradition of Homosexual Literature in English from 1748 To 1914 - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Mark Mitchell and David Leavitt - Editors of : Pages Passed from Hand to Hand : The Hidden Tradition of Homosexual Literature in English from 1748 To 1914
Paperback - 458 pages (January 20, 1998) 
Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap); ISBN: 0395837057

"Gay Literature Studies Books; It was only after the Stonewall riots and the birth of the gay liberation movement in 1969 that the official category "gay writing" came into being. Yet writings by and about lesbians and gay men have a much longer history than that. In Pages Passed from Hand to Hand David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell have charted 200 years of writing about gay men that includes such obscure items as Charlotte Chark's 1755 novel The History of Henry Dumont Esq. and Alan Dale's 1889 A Marriage Below Zero as well as surprisingly homoerotic work by Herman Melville, Henry James, and Ambrose Bierce. While most of these works were already known to serious readers of gay literature, Leavitt and Mitchell's contribution in Pages Passed from Hand to Hand is in consciously placing the material in a clear, unambiguously gay tradition for readers of all sexual persuasions."

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Sean O'Connor - Straight Acting : Popular Gay Drama from Wilde to Rattigan - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Sean O'Connor - Author of : Straight Acting : Popular Gay Drama from Wilde to Rattigan
Paperback - 256 pages (May 1998) 
Cassell Academic; ISBN: 0304328642

"Gay Literature Studies; Histories of British gay male playwrights have tended to begin with a nod to Oscar Wilde and then skip right to the transgressive and overtly sexual antics of Joe Orton, Christopher Hampton, and Neil Bartlett. In Straight Acting, Sean O'Connor begins his study with Wilde, but rather than simply use him as a bellwether of witticisms, he boldly charts how Wilde's politics of individualism and sexual disruption influenced gay writers over the next half century. He examines in detail the lives, times, and works of three extraordinarily successful gay playwrights who wrote from the 1920s to the 1950s: Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, and Terence Rattigan. While he is always sensitive to individual lives and careers, O'Connor explores and explicates a gay male tradition in popular theater that--under the non-threatening rubrics of gentle humor and sentimentality--manages to subvert, challenge, and sometimes even shock. Beautifully written and filled with constantly surprising insights, Straight Acting almost single-handedly reinvents what we think of as the history of modern gay theater. - Michael Bronski (Amazon.com)"

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Duane Simolke - Stein, Gender, Isolation, and Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio - Gay Literature Studies All Books by Duane Simolke - Author of : Stein, Gender, Isolation, and Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio
Paperback: 128 pages (July 1999)
Publisher: To Excel Inc; ISBN: 1583483381

"Gay Literature Studies Books; Stein, Gender, Isolation, and Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio re-visits the best-known work of the influential American writer, Sherwood Anderson. This book served as the doctoral dissertation of Duane Simolke at Texas Tech University. Dr. Simolke examines Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, as it relates to Gertrude Stein, gender roles, gay subtext, failed communication, and the machine in the garden. Anderson's friendship with and admiration of Stein greatly affected the contents and writing style of Winesburg. Simolke also looks at how Winesburg reflects Anderson's concerns about mechanization, loneliness, and the mistreatment of many people."

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Colm Toibin - Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature - Gay Literature Studies All Books by Colm Toibin - Author of : Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature
Hardcover: 288 pages - (October 8, 2002)
Publisher: Scribner; ISBN: 0743229444

"Gay Literature Studies; Gay Studies/History; In Love in a Dark Time, Colm Tóibín appraises the life and work of nine highly influential writers and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. These were figures for whom being gay seemed to come second in their public lives, either by choice or by necessity – but in their private lives, in their own spirit, the laws of desire changed everything. 
From Oscar Wilde, born in the 1850s, to Pedro Almodovar, born a hundred years later, this book studies how a changing world altered gay lives in ways both subtle and profound. Tóibín is drawn with sympathetic fascination to each of his subjects: to Elizabeth Bishop and her artistic triumph over her demons; to James Baldwin, whose own agent advised him to burn the manuscript for Giovanni’s Room; to Francis Bacon for his refusal to play the role of the “tragic queer”; to unlovable Thomas Mann, victim of his biographers. Colm Tóibín interweaves close reading of the artist’s work with detailed analysis of the personality behind it to illuminating effect."

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Thomas Waugh - Hard to Imagine - Gay Non-Fiction Books  All Books by Thomas Waugh - Author of : Hard to Imagine
Hardcover - 488 pages 0 edition (May 15, 1996) 
Columbia Univ Pr; ISBN: 0231099983

"Gay Studies; Literature Studies Books; The history of gay male erotic images is largely undocumented. Even when the material has been available, "good taste" and "common decency"--those concepts used to stop all talk about sex--have prevented their display. Thomas Waugh's full-length, profusely illustrated study is a breakthrough book that has information and analysis enough for three books. Thoughtful, smart, and well-written, Hard to Imagine uncovers a visual history of gay male eroticism that few know. It chronicles the complicated history of homosexual desire and how it has been depicted and repressed."

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Gregory Woods - A History of Gay Literature : The Male Tradition - Gay Non-Fiction Books All Books by Gregory Woods - Author of : A History of Gay Literature : The Male Tradition
Paperback - 462 pages (November 1999) 
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300080883

"Gay Literature Studies Books; The very idea of a unique tradition of gay-male writing began relatively recently. Early in the 20th century, homosexual writers began to write more honestly. Yet writers, both gay and straight, have written about the experience of homosexuality since ancient times. In his encyclopedic overview, Gregory Woods has knitted together a transhistorical and transcultural history--a tradition--of gay-male writing over the centuries. Using a broad but readily applicable definition of gay literature that includes works by openly gay men, works in which homosexual activity occurs, and works that manifest a gay "sensibility," Woods manages to move us from Homer to David Leavitt, from Arabic poets of the classical age to contemporary South African poetry, from closeted Victorian memoirs to AIDS literature. By its nature, A History of Gay Literature lacks the specificity of critique that illuminates individual work, but this approach is more than compensated for by the book's ability to locate and discuss amazing similarities of experience and expression throughout history and culture. Highly intelligent, jauntily written, and endlessly informative, A History of Gay Literature is an impressive addition to contemporary gay scholarship."

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