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A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynoldsby Martin Duberman
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Hailed as remarkable” and a must read” by Choice, A Saving Remnant is prizewinning historian and biographer Martin Dubermans deeply revealing dual portrait that explores the fascinating political and social lives of two integral and captivating figures of the twentieth-century American left. Barbara Deming, a feminist, writer, and abidingly nonviolent activist, was an out lesbian from the age of sixteen. The first openly gay man to run for president on the Socialist Party ticket, David McReynolds was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War and was among the first activists to publicly burn a draft card.
Duberman brings the stories of a pivotal era vividly and movingly to life with an extraordinary cast of intellectuals, artists, and activists, including Adrienne Rich, Bayard Rustin, Allen Ginsberg, and a young Alvin Ailey. Telling a complex narrative, Duberman has made it simply and brilliantly clear” (Edmund White, author of City Boy) as he deftly weaves together the connected stories of these two compelling figures in this beautiful, memorable book.
In this deeply revealing dual biography hailed as brilliant,” remarkable,” and a must read” by Choice, the prizewinning historian Martin Duberman offers a fascinating view into a vital historical milieu of activism, radical ideas, and homosexuality when the gay rights movement was still in its nascent stage.
By the time their paths first crossed in the mid-1960s, Deming and McReynolds had each charted a unique and fascinating course through the politics and social worlds of the American left. Deming, a feminist, writer, and activist with an abiding belief in nonviolence, had been an out lesbian since the age of sixteen, when she fell in love with Norma Millay, her mothers best friend and the sister of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The first openly gay man to run for president of the United States on the Socialist Party ticket, McReynolds was a longtime opponent of the Vietnam War and was among the first activists to publicly burn a draft card. He was also friend to many leading figures and artists of his time, from Bayard Rustin to Allen Ginsberg.
Duberman brings the stories of this pivotal era vividly and movingly to life with a remarkable cast, including Quentin Crisp and a young Alvin Ailey. Telling a complex story, Duberman has made it simple and brilliantly clear” (Edmund White, author of City Boy) as he deftly weaves together the connected stories of these two compelling figures.
About the Author
Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He was the founder and the first director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. He has written more than twenty books, including the memoir Cures: A Gay Mans Odyssey; The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in biography; and, most recently, Waiting to Land (The New Press). Duberman has received numerous awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Lambda Book Award, the George Freedley Memorial Award, and the American Historical Associations Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Scholarship.
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