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Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris (Living Out)

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In the first anthology to survey the full range of gay men’s autobiographical writing from Walt Whitman to the present, Gay American Autobiography draws excerpts from letters, journals, oral histories, 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 author’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.

 
 
Finalist, Lambda Book Award for LGBT Anthology, Lambda Literary Foundation

Synopsis:

In the first anthology to survey the full range of gay men’s autobiographical writing from Walt Whitman to the present, Gay American Autobiography draws excerpts from letters, journals, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies to provide examples of the best life writing over the last century and a half.
 

About the Author

David Bergman is professor of English at Towson State University and author of numerous books including Cracking the Code, winner of the 1985 George Elliston Poetry Prize, and Men on Men 2000, winner of the 2001 Lambda Literary Award for Best Literary Anthology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   

Permissions   

Introduction   

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), from his journals   

Walt Whitman (1819–1892), from his letters to Peter Doyle   

Henry James (1843–1916), from his letters to Hendrick Andersen   

Charles Warren Stoddard (1843–1909), "Chumming with a Savage: Kána-aná"   

Alexander Berkman (1870–1936), from Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist   

Claude Hartland (1871–?), from The Story of a Life   

Earl Lind (1874–?), from Autobiography of an Androgyne   

Russell Cheney (1881–1945) and F. O. Matthiessen (1902–1950), from Rat and the Devil   

"Jeb Alexander" (1899–1965), from Jeb and Dash   

Glenway Wescott (1901–1987), from Continual Lessons   

Lincoln Kirstein (1906–1996), "Carlsen, Crane"   

Samuel M. Steward (Phil Andros) (1909–1993), "The Magic Summer"   

Paul Goodman (1911–1972), from Five Years   

Tobias Schneebaum (1922–2005), "The Priest and the Pagans"   

Ned Rorem (b. 1923), from The New York Diary   

Edward Field (b. 1924), "Gay in the Army"   

Minette (1928–2001), from Recollections of a Part-Time Lady   

Martin Duberman (b. 1930), from Cures   

Michael Rumaker (b. 1932), from A Day and a Night at the Baths   

John Rechy (b. 1934), from The Sexual Outlaw   

Alan Helms (b. 1937), from Young Man from the Provinces   

Arnie Kantrowitz (b. 1940), from Under the Rainbow   

Edmund White (b. 1940), "Writing Gay"   

Samuel R. Delany (b. 1942), from The Motion of Light in Water   

Andrew Holleran (b. 1943), "My Harvard"   

Paul Monette (1945–1995), "Puck"   

Jaime Manrique (b. 1949), "The Last Days of Reinaldo Arenas"   

Kevin Killian (b. 1952), "Cherry"   

Michael Klein (b. 1954), "The End of Being Known"   

David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992), "Memories That Smell Like Gasoline"   

David B. Feinberg (1956–1994), "On the Drip"   

David Sedaris (b. 1956), "Hejira"   

Essex Hemphill (1957–1995), "Ceremonies"   

Wayne Koestenbaum (b. 1960), "The Aryan Boy"   

Gil Cuadros (1962–1996), "Chivalry"   

Justin Chin (b. 1969), from Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms   

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299230449
Author:
Bergman, David
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Gays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Gays -- United States.
Subject:
Gay authors - United States
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
426
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in

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