Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey

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Plume, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 305 pages
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This is the tenth-anniversary edition of Cures, Martin Duberman's best-selling account of his attempts to "cure" himself of his homosexuality through therapy, medical treatments, and faith healers. Duberman tells of the double life he led as a young professor at Princeton, passing as straight by day and going into the gay clubs of Trenton and New York by night, which continued through the 1950's and into the 1970's, until he came out as a gay man around the time of Stonewall. For the new edition, Duberman has written a new preface chapter and an afterword, bringing his life (and, more broadly, the gay experience in America today) up to date, discussing such issues as gay rights, same-sex marriage, gay scholarship, and AIDS.

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User Review  - Colin - Goodreads

A really interesting read. Valuable for the historical and political narratives about the burgeoning LGBT movement, and for the firsthand account of the damage done by the psychiatric community in ... Read full review

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At times very intelligent and intimate. At times rambly and self congratulatory. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Martin Duberman is distinguished professor emeritus of history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he founded the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the first university-based LGBT research center in the United States. He is the author of more than twenty books, including three memoirs about his experience as a politically active gay man, and "The Martin Duberman Reader" (2013). A finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Duberman has received a Bancroft Prize, two Lambda Literary Awards, the American Historical Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2012, Amherst College presented Duberman with an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

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