Browsing: Excavations

September – October, 2011

Henry Thoreau
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IN RECENT YEARS, biographers of Henry David Thoreau have begun to speculate more openly about the sexual orientation of “the patron saint of environmentalists,” a man who never married in an age when marriage was de rigueur. …

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A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
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THIS BOOK is the first in a Beacon Press series, “ReVisioning American History,” that’s dedicated to exploring our nation’s past from the perspective of those “who have been excluded from the canon.”

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Simeon Solomon
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IN THE HISTORY of homosexuality in Victorian England, Simeon Solomon has re-emerged as a significant figure. A Jewish painter among the Pre-Raphaelites, Solomon was arrested on February 11, 1873, in a public urinal with another man and charged with attempted sodomy. …

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Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen by Mark Blake
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In Is This the Real Life? Blake doesn’t seem to have missed a single event in the lives of the men who were Queen. 

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This article focuses on commercially produced postcards that were printed in large numbers and circulated widely throughout the world. Real photo postcards, in contrast, whether produced by professional or amateur photographers, also provide valuable insights into social history but were most often printed in limited numbers, and their images can be difficult if not impossible to identify. … The postcards reproduced here are from my personal collection, and my hope is that they will offer a flavor of the shifting sex and gender ideas of this era.

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The L Life: Extraordinary Lesbians Making a Difference by Erin McHugh
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ERIN McHUGH has written in The L Life a wide-ranging set of profiles of noteworthy contemporary lesbians. This handsome book introduces “remarkable lesbians” that she interviewed and studied in depth.

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Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (1858-1942), although known to a few gay scholars, is not exactly a household name. This is not surprising, if only because he always hid behind a pseudonym when writing his gay-themed works. He also lied about his age and enjoyed hoodwinking an audience whenever he could. More to the point, his works are to this day not easy to find. The general outlines of his life are established, though details are hard to come by. …

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Sex Panic and the Punitive State by Roger N. Lancaster
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SEX PANIC and the Punitive State is part polemic, part social history, and part personal story about the policing of sexual behavior in the United States.

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 The World of Tennessee Williams Revised and Updated Edition by Richard Freeman Leavitt  and Kenneth Holditch Hansen Publishing Group LLC 118 pages, $14.95  Tennessee Williams in Provincetown by David…More

Time Well Bent: Queer Alternative Histories Edited by Connie Wilkins
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THE CHIEF PLEASURE of this varied anthology lies in its imaginative breadth. Editor Connie Wilkins has collected fourteen stories from established and emerging writers of GLBT fiction that speak to both the “queer” and the “histories” of the subtitle

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