Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971-1981

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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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Duberman (History/CUNY) follows up his widely admired Stonewall (1993) with a sequence of gripe-filled autobiographical essays about the decade after the Stonewall riots. In a preface, Duberman says ... Read full review

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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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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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