Winter's light: reflections of a Yankee queer

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University Press of New England, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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In these stirring autobiographical essays and social commentaries, a prolific writer and gay rights pioneer--whose voice was stilled by AIDS in 1994--tells of the search for a place to belong. "Preston's voice is as brave, honest, and clear-sighted as ever, which makes us miss it all the more sorely".--Anne Rice.

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Preston, a prolific writer and editor of fiction, nonfiction, and erotica moved to Portland, Maine, in 1979, where he frequently wrote about the challenges of expressing his gay identity in his native ... Read full review


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John Preston is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading.

MICHAEL LOWENTHAL is the author of the acclaimed novels Charity Girl, Avoidance, and The Same Embrace. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and many other publications. He teaches writing at Boston College and Lesely University.
Charity Girl was inspired by a line in Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, in which she likens the incarceration of American women during World War I to the internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Lowenthal says, "The latter historical episode I had, of course, heard about, but not the first . . . I immediately had two thoughts: (1) how awful, and (2) what a great basis for a novel.