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The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture (Between Men--Between Women)

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The members of the literary circle known as the Violet Quill — Christopher Cox, Robert Ferro, Michael Grumley, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Edmund White, and George Whitmore — collectively represent the aspirations and the achievement of gay writing during and after the gay liberation movement. This social history shows how the works of these authors both reflected and criticized the values, principles, and prejudices of the culture of gay liberation. In spinning many of the most important stories gay men told of themselves in the short period between the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s, the Violet Quill exerted an enormous influence on gay culture.

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The Violet Quill was an ephemeral literary club formed by seven writers, and Bergman uses it and them as an entry into the short period when a few gay men were creating their own culture in the wake of gay liberation during the 12 years or so between the June 1969 Stonewall Riots and the emergence of the disease that would become known as AIDS. He discusses shrieking violets, gay writing before the Violet Quill, two journeys, race, beauty and the beach, love and sex, and AIDS.
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The members of the literary circle known as the Violet Quill — Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Edmund White, Christopher Cox, Michael Grumley, Robert Ferro, and George Whitmore — collectively represent the aspirations and the achievement of gay writing during and after the gay liberation movement. David Bergman's social history shows how the works of these authors reflected, advanced, and criticized the values, principles, and prejudices of the culture of gay liberation. In spinning many of the most important stories gay men told of themselves in the short period between the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s, the Violet Quill exerted an enormous influence on gay culture. The death toll of the AIDS epidemic, including four of the Violet Quill's seven members, has made putting such recent events into a historical context all the more important and difficult. The work of the Violet Quill expresses the joy, suffering, grief, hope, activism, and caregiving of their generation. The Violet Hour meets the urgent need for a history of the men who bore witness not only to the birth but also to the decimation of a culture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231130509
Author:
Bergman, David
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Series:
Between Men--Between Women
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.34x5.92x.90 in. 1.24 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The members of the literary circle known as the Violet Quill — Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Edmund White, Christopher Cox, Michael Grumley, Robert Ferro, and George Whitmore — collectively represent the aspirations and the achievement of gay writing during and after the gay liberation movement. David Bergman's social history shows how the works of these authors reflected, advanced, and criticized the values, principles, and prejudices of the culture of gay liberation. In spinning many of the most important stories gay men told of themselves in the short period between the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s, the Violet Quill exerted an enormous influence on gay culture. The death toll of the AIDS epidemic, including four of the Violet Quill's seven members, has made putting such recent events into a historical context all the more important and difficult. The work of the Violet Quill expresses the joy, suffering, grief, hope, activism, and caregiving of their generation. The Violet Hour meets the urgent need for a history of the men who bore witness not only to the birth but also to the decimation of a culture.
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