Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris

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David Bergman
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 403 pages
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In the first anthology to survey the full range of gay men's autobiographical writing from Walt Whitman to the present, Gay American Autobiography draws excerpts from letters, journals, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies to provide examples of the best life writing over the last century and a half.
    Volume editor David Bergman guides the reader chronologically through selected writings that give voice to every generation of gay writers since the nineteenth century, including a diverse array of American men of African, European, Jewish, Asian, and Latino heritage. Documenting a range of life experiences that encompass tattoo artists and academics, composers and drag queens, hustlers and clerks, it contains accounts of turn-of-the-century transvestites, gay rights activists, men battling AIDS, and soldiers attempting to come out in the army. Each selection provides important insight on the wide spectrum of ways gay men have defined and lived their lives, highlighting how self-awareness changes an author's experience.
    The volume includes an introduction by Bergman and headnotes for each of the nearly forty entries. Bringing many out-of-print and hard-to-find works to new readers, this challenging and comprehensive anthology chronicles American gay history and life struggles over the course of the past 150 years.     Finalist, Lambda Book Award for LGBT Anthology, Lambda Literary Foundation
 

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Contents

Henry David Thoreau
3
Walt Whitman
15
Henry James
27
Charles Warren Stoddard
40
Alexander Berkman
50
Claude Hartland
59
Earl Lind
68
Russell Cheney and F O Matthiessen
78
John Rechy
230
Alan Helms
236
Arnie Kantrowitz
249
Edmund White
259
Samuel R Delany
276
Andrew Hollrean
287
Paul Monette
301
Jaime Manrique
320

Jeb Alexander
92
Glenway Wescott
108
Lincoln Kirstein
125
Samuel M Steward
151
Paul Goodman
158
Tobias Schneebaum
170
Ned Rorem
181
Edward Field
187
Minette
200
Martin Duberman
207
Michael Rumaker
217
Kevin Killian
329
Michael Klein
337
David Wojnarowicz
348
David B Feinberg
353
David Sedaris
363
Essex Hemphill
366
Wayne Koestenbaum
374
Gil Cuadros
381
Justin Chin
390
Selected Gay Autobiographies and Life Writings
401
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About the author (2009)

David Bergman is professor of English at Towson State University and author of numerous books including Cracking the Code, winner of the 1985 George Elliston Poetry Prize, and Men on Men 2000, winner of the 2001 Lambda Literary Award for Best Literary Anthology.

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