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Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explanations of Gay Lives and Literature

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Colm Tand#243;iband#237;n knows the languages of the outsider, the secret keeper, the gay man or woman. He knows the covert and overt language of homosexuality in literature. In Love in a Dark Time, he also describes the solace of finding like-minded companions through reading.

Tand#243;iband#237;n examines the life and work of some of the greatest and most influential writers of the past two centuries, figures whose homosexuality remained hidden or oblique for much of their lives, either by choice or necessity. The larger world couldn't know about their sexuality, but in their private lives, and in the spirit of their work, the laws of desire defined their expression.

This is an intimate encounter with Mann, Baldwin, Bishop, and with the contemporary poets Thom Gunn and Mark Doty. Through their work, Tand#243;iband#237;n is able to come to terms with his own inner desires — his interest in secret erotic energy, his admiration for courageous figures, and his abiding fascination with sadness and tragedy. Tand#243;iband#237;n looks both at writers forced to disguise their true experience on the page and at readers who find solace and sexual identity by reading between the lines.

About the Author

Colm Tand#243;iband#237;n is the author of four novels: The Blackwater Lightship, The South, The Heather Blazing, and The Story of the Night, which won the 1998 Ferro-Grumley Award for best gay novel and is on the Lambda list of the 100 best gay novels of all time. In 1995, he received the E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Tand#243;iband#237;n also wrote the nonfiction books Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border, Homage to Barcelona, and The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe and is the editor of the Anthology of Irish Literature. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743229449
Subtitle:
And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature
Author:
Toibin, Colm
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Gays
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Homosexuality and literature
Subject:
Homosexuality and art
Subject:
Gays' writings, American
Subject:
Gays' writings, English.
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Edition Number:
1st Scribner ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
01-06-003
Publication Date:
20021008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.86x5.46x.94 in. .89 lbs.

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