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Abraham Lincoln arrived in Springfield, Illinois, on April 15, 1837, and met Joshua Fry Speed, who offered the new legislator half of his double bed. The two shared that bed for more than three years, and Speed would later recall that "no two men were ever more intimate." The story of Lincoln's relationship with Speed, which opens this book, transports us into a forgotten world of love between men.

Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men in the nineteenth century, tales with all the features of a good novel: engaging characters, moving conflicts, and surprising revelations. Katz draws flesh-and-blood portraits of these intimate friendships, tracing the way men struggled to name, define, and defend their deep feelings for one another. Some of these are love stories, some sex stories, some stories about love and sex. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, men like Lincoln, Walt Whitman, John Addington Symonds, and James Mills Peirce created new, affirmative ways of naming and conceiving their intimacies with other men. Katz quotes diaries, letters, newspapers, and poems to offer glimpses into an uncharted territory of romance and eros.

Love Stories is an original and engaging take on sexual diversity over time. By this book's end its many chronicles coalesce into a beautiful portrait of the varieties of love and lust in another social world.

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"History at its best: informative, insightful, at times downright titillating."-Kirkus Reviews

In Love Stories, Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men during the nineteenth century-men like Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman-drawing flesh-and-blood portraits of intimate friendships and the ways in which men struggled to name, define, and defend their sexual feelings for one another. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, these men created new ways to name and conceive of their relationships, and Katz dives into history to offer us a clearer picture than ever before of how they navigated the uncharted territory of male-male desire.

Synopsis:

Abraham Lincoln arrived in Springfield, Illinois, on April 15, 1837, and met Joshua Fry Speed, who offered the new legislator half of his double bed. The two shared that bed for more than three years, and Speed would later recall that "no two men were ever more intimate." The story of Lincoln's relationship with Speed, which opens this book, transports us into a forgotten world of love between men.

Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men in the nineteenth century, tales with all the features of a good novel: engaging characters, moving conflicts, and surprising revelations. Katz draws flesh-and-blood portraits of these intimate friendships, tracing the way men struggled to name, define, and defend their deep feelings for one another. Some of these are love stories, some sex stories, some stories about love and sex. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, men like Lincoln, Walt Whitman, John Addington Symonds, and James Mills Peirce created new, affirmative ways of naming and conceiving their intimacies with other men. Katz quotes diaries, letters, newspapers, and poems to offer glimpses into an uncharted territory of romance and eros.

Love Stories is an original and engaging take on sexual diversity over time. By this book's end its many chronicles coalesce into a beautiful portrait of the varieties of love and lust in another social world.

About the Author

Love Stories is published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jonathan Ned Katz's first book on sexuality in society and time, the groundbreaking Gay American History (1976). He also authored Gay/Lesbian Almanac (1983), and The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995), among other books and articles.

Table of Contents

Love Stories in Brief

Part I: Searching for Words

1. No Two Men Were Ever More Intimate

2. Dear Beloved Trio

3. A Gentle Angel Entered

Part II: Making Monsters

4. Already Do the Beastly Sodomites of Gotham Quake

5. Abominable and Detestable Crimes

6. The Man Monster

Part III: Coming Together, Coming to Terms

7. Voices of Sexes and Lusts

8. Sincere Friends

9. A Major Fell in Love with a Boy

10. I Got the Boys

11. Yes, I Will Talk of Walt

12. In the Name of CALAMUS Listen to Me!

13. A Heart Full of Love and Longing

14. Empty Chair, Empty Bed, Empty House

15. I Wish You Would Put the Ring on My Finger Again

Part IV: Going Public

16. He Cannot Be Oblivious of Its Plainer Meanings

17. Wild with Passion

18. I Cannot Get Quite to the Bottom of Calamus

19. Ardent and Physical Intimacies

20. Men Given to Unnatural Practices

21. To Unite for Defense

22. A Natural, Pure, and Sound Passion

23. Abnormal Passion

24. A Much More Intimate Communion

Sex and Affection between Men—Then and Now

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226426150
Author:
Katz, Jonathan Ned
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
History
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Homosexuality, male
Subject:
Gay male couples
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Male homosexuality
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
book 2
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
"History at its best: informative, insightful, at times downright titillating."-Kirkus Reviews

In Love Stories, Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men during the nineteenth century-men like Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman-drawing flesh-and-blood portraits of intimate friendships and the ways in which men struggled to name, define, and defend their sexual feelings for one another. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, these men created new ways to name and conceive of their relationships, and Katz dives into history to offer us a clearer picture than ever before of how they navigated the uncharted territory of male-male desire.

"Synopsis" by ,
Abraham Lincoln arrived in Springfield, Illinois, on April 15, 1837, and met Joshua Fry Speed, who offered the new legislator half of his double bed. The two shared that bed for more than three years, and Speed would later recall that "no two men were ever more intimate." The story of Lincoln's relationship with Speed, which opens this book, transports us into a forgotten world of love between men.

Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men in the nineteenth century, tales with all the features of a good novel: engaging characters, moving conflicts, and surprising revelations. Katz draws flesh-and-blood portraits of these intimate friendships, tracing the way men struggled to name, define, and defend their deep feelings for one another. Some of these are love stories, some sex stories, some stories about love and sex. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, men like Lincoln, Walt Whitman, John Addington Symonds, and James Mills Peirce created new, affirmative ways of naming and conceiving their intimacies with other men. Katz quotes diaries, letters, newspapers, and poems to offer glimpses into an uncharted territory of romance and eros.

Love Stories is an original and engaging take on sexual diversity over time. By this book's end its many chronicles coalesce into a beautiful portrait of the varieties of love and lust in another social world.

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