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Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

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For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many as fifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife.

In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.

Among the high-profile couples whose lives and loves are illuminated in the following pages are Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith, literary icon Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, author James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. 

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"Cultural historian and American University professor Streitmatter (Mightier Than the Sword) absorbingly details the public and private lives of notable same-sex couples, deftly examining affairs, betrayals, and disappointments, as well as the enabling power that the right marriage, recognized or not, provides. Many of the pairs comprised a famous and not-so-famous member: Walt Whitman's much younger partner and muse, Peter Doyle, sold streetcar tickets and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, while Greta Garbo's upper-crust partner, Mercedes de Acosta, taught the star, who came from a poor family, rules of etiquette and style. The thoroughly researched, lovingly rendered joint histories — including Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns — share a common thread that is less about gender than partnership-as-catalyst. Toklas championed Stein's writing and became her literary agent; Rauschenberg encouraged Johns to act on the content of a bizarre dream and paint the American flag; Merlo 'single-handedly stabilized Tennessee Williams's life and career.' When James Baldwin seemed 'on the verge of a nervous breakdown,' his partner, artist Lucien Happersberger, whisked him off to a Swiss village where he could focus on his work. The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind. Agent: Howard Yoon, Ross Yoon. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Synopsis:

Years before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals that gay marriage isn't a twenty-first-century idea. He spans over a hundred years and profiles fifteen couples who made major contributions to this country in an impressive range of fields--from music and education to journalism and modern art. Among the notables whose lives and loves are profiled are poet Walt Whitman, literary icon Gertrude Stein, movie legend Greta Garbo, playwright Tennessee Williams, novelist James Baldwin, and activist Audre Lorde. While no partnership is the same—some were tumultuous, while others were more supportive and long-lasting—all changed the course of American history.

About the Author

Rodger Streitmatter is a journalist and cultural historian whose work explores how the media have helped to shape American culture. He is currently a professor in the School of Communication at American University and is the author of seven previous books.

Table of Contents

Prologue

 

Chapter 1

Walt Whitman & Peter Doyle

1865–1892

Revolutionizing American Poetry

 

Chapter 2

Martha Carey Thomas & Mamie Gwinn

1878–1904

Opening Graduate Education to American Women

 

Chapter 3

Ned Warren & John Marshall

1884–1927

Building the Collections of America’s Art Museums

 

Chapter 4

Mary Rozet Smith & Jane Addams

1891–1934

Breaking New Ground in Social Reform and Global Peace

 

Chapter 5

Bessie Marbury & Elsie de Wolfe

1892–1933

Founding the Field of Interior Design

 

Chapter 6

J. C. Leyendecker & Charles Beach

1901–1951

Taking the Art of Illustration to a New Level

 

Chapter 7

Alice B. Toklas & Gertrude Stein

1907–1946

Expanding the Dimensions of American Literature

 

Chapter 8

Janet Flanner & Solita Solano

1919–1975

Pioneering a New Style of Journalism

 

Chapter 9

Greta Garbo & Mercedes de Acosta

1931–1960

Making Hollywood the Celebrity Capital of the World

Chapter 10

Aaron Copland & Victor Kraft

1932–1976

Inventing a Distinctly American Style of Music

 

Chapter 11

Frank Merlo & Tennessee Williams

1948–1963

Lifting American Theater to New Heights

 

Chapter 12

James Baldwin & Lucien Happersberger

1949–1987

Attacking Racism through Literature

 

Chapter 13

Robert Rauschenberg & Jasper Johns

1954–1962

Expanding the Definition of Art

 

Chapter 14

Ismail Merchant & James Ivory

1961–2005

Turning Literary Works into Sumptuous Films

 

Chapter 15

Frances Clayton & Audre Lorde

1968–1988

Raising a Voice for Women of Color

 

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Photography/Illustration Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807003343
Author:
Streitmatter, Rodger
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.27 x 6.25 x 0.85 in 1.02 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cultural historian and American University professor Streitmatter (Mightier Than the Sword) absorbingly details the public and private lives of notable same-sex couples, deftly examining affairs, betrayals, and disappointments, as well as the enabling power that the right marriage, recognized or not, provides. Many of the pairs comprised a famous and not-so-famous member: Walt Whitman's much younger partner and muse, Peter Doyle, sold streetcar tickets and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, while Greta Garbo's upper-crust partner, Mercedes de Acosta, taught the star, who came from a poor family, rules of etiquette and style. The thoroughly researched, lovingly rendered joint histories — including Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns — share a common thread that is less about gender than partnership-as-catalyst. Toklas championed Stein's writing and became her literary agent; Rauschenberg encouraged Johns to act on the content of a bizarre dream and paint the American flag; Merlo 'single-handedly stabilized Tennessee Williams's life and career.' When James Baldwin seemed 'on the verge of a nervous breakdown,' his partner, artist Lucien Happersberger, whisked him off to a Swiss village where he could focus on his work. The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind. Agent: Howard Yoon, Ross Yoon. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"Synopsis" by , Years before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals that gay marriage isn't a twenty-first-century idea. He spans over a hundred years and profiles fifteen couples who made major contributions to this country in an impressive range of fields--from music and education to journalism and modern art. Among the notables whose lives and loves are profiled are poet Walt Whitman, literary icon Gertrude Stein, movie legend Greta Garbo, playwright Tennessee Williams, novelist James Baldwin, and activist Audre Lorde. While no partnership is the same—some were tumultuous, while others were more supportive and long-lasting—all changed the course of American history.
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