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Eminent Outlaws

The Gay Writers Who Changed America

Bram, Christopher

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Describes how the trailblazing, post-war gay literary figures, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Allen Ginsberg, paved the way for newer generations, including Armistead Maupin, Edmund White, and Edward Albee.

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In the years following World War II, a small group of gay writers established themselves as literary power players, fueling cultural changes that would resonate for decades to come, and transforming the American literary landscape forever.

In EMINENT OUTLAWS, novelist Christopher Bram brilliantly chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing. Beginning with a first wave of major gay literary figures-Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin-he shows how (despite criticism and occasional setbacks) these pioneers set the stage for new generations of gay writers to build on what they had begun: Armistead Maupin, Edmund White, Tony Kushner, and Edward Albee among them.

Weaving together the crosscurrents, feuds, and subversive energies that provoked these writers to greatness, EMINENT OUTLAWS is a rich and essential work. With keen insights, it takes readers through fifty years of momentous change: from a time when being a homosexual was a crime in forty-nine states and into an age of same-sex marriage and the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

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The author of Gods and Monsters describes the trailblazing, post-war gay literary figures, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote and Allen Ginsberg, who paved the way for newer generations including Armistead Maupin, Edmund White and Edward Albee. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0446563137
9780446563130
Branch Call Number: 810.992 B
Characteristics: xi, 372 p. ; 24 cm.

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Feb 22, 2012
  • jmmason rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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