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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. 

About the Author

Rodger Streitmatter, a former newspaper reporter, is a member of the School of Communication faculty at American University. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his husband, Tom Grooms.

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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:
9780807003428
Author:
Streitmatter, Rodger
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
9.02 x 6.02 x 0.66 in 0.76 lb

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