Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971-1981

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Scribner, 1996 - Social Science - 237 pages
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Spanning the years 1971 to 1981 - years that were crucial both to the evolution of the gay rights movement and to the author's own life - Midlife Queer examines a wide range of pivotal events in the decade. Duberman moves from the internecine battles in the academic world and within the budding gay rights movement to his own heart attack, sexual and romantic adventures, and search for fulfillment via a variety of unconventional venues and alternate therapies. Peppered with gossip, wit, and tart observations of the New York theater and literary worlds, Midlife Queer stands as both an intensely personal story and the record of an era.

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Midlife queer: autobiography of a decade, 1971-1981

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Historian/activist/playwright Duberman picks up approximately where he left off in Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey (LJ 2/15/91), which chronicled his life from 1950 to 1970. Here, relying on excerpts from ... Read full review

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I especially liked the more personal parts of this memoir, such as a chapter that describes the wickedly funny, while serious, interaction between the author and a hospital roommate. The author ... Read full review


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Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History at Lehman and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, is the founding director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is the author of seventeen books, including "Black Mountain, Paul Robeson, In White America, Cures, Stonewall, Midlife Queer" and Queer Representations. As both historian and playwright, he has received numerous awards, including the Bancroft Prize, two Lambda awards, the George Freedly Memorial Award, and a Special Citation from the National Academy of Arts and letters for his "contributions to literature.

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