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Lost gay novels : a reference guide to fifty works from the first half of the twentieth century
Slide, Anthony.
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New York : Harrington Park Press, [2003]

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ix, 204 pages ; 23 cm

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PS374.H63 S65 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Searching for an introduction to the shadowy, intriguing world of early 20th century gay-themed fiction?

In Lost Gay Novels, respected pop culture historian Anthony Slide resurrects fifty early 20th century American novels with gay themes or characters and discusses them in carefully researched, engaging prose. Each entry offers you a detailed discussion of plot and characters, a summary of contemporary critical reception, and biographical information on the often-obscure writer. In Lost Gay Novels, another aspect of gay life and society is, in the words the author, "uncloseted," providing you with an absorbing glimpse into the world of these nearly forgotten books.

Lost Gay Novels gives you an introduction to: authors who aren't usually associated with homosexuality, including John Buchan, James M. Cain, and Rex Stout the history of gay publishing in the US and abroad gay themes in novels published between 1917 and 1950--with entries from nearly every year! the ways in which the popular culture of the time shaped the authors' attitudes toward homosexuality the difficulty of finding detailed biographical information on little-known authors If you're interested in gay studies or history, or even if you're just looking for a comprehensive guide to titles you've probably never heard of before, Lost Gay Novels will be a welcome addition to your collection. The introduction from author Slide--called by the Los Angeles Times "a one-man publishing phenomenon"--provides you with an overview to the basics of this landmark collection. Themes found in many of the titles include death, secrecy, and living a double life, and in reading the entries you will discover just why these themes are so common.

As Slide says in his introduction: "The approach of the novelist toward homosexuality may not always be a positive one... but the works are important to an understanding of contemporary attitudes toward gay men and gay society." Lost Gay Novels will help you further your own understanding of the dynamic relationship between literature and culture, and you will finish the book with a greater appreciation of modern American gay fiction.

Author Notes

Anthony Slide is the author or editor of some sixty books on the history of popular entertainment, & editor of the "Filmmakers" series published by Scarecrow Press. He has served as an associate archivist of the American Film Institute & resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In 1990, in recognition of his work on the history of popular culture, Mr. Slide was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bowling Green University. Anthony Slide resides in Studio City, California.

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Library Journal Review

In his introduction, respected pop culture historian Slide defines lost novels as "novels that are not generally known to modern audiences." Here he resurrects 50 novels from the early part of the 20th century (1916 to 1950) that include gay themes or characters and discusses them at great length. For each novel (arranged alphabetically by author), he provides a plot summary and his own appraisal, in addition to indicating contemporary reception. Some of these have been truly lost to the canon (e.g., Isabel Bolton's The Christmas Tree, Vance Bourjaily's The End of My Life), while others have been part of scholarly discourse at least (James Barr's Quatrefoil, Andr Tellier's Twilight Men). Although the author himself admits that most of those novels are "second-rate" literature, they nevertheless sound fascinating, even if only as period pieces, and a large number focuses on the tragic aspects of gay life. As an introduction to a selection of very interesting novels, this work is quite enjoyable, but it would need to be a much larger book to justify the subtitle's claim that it is "a Reference Guide."-David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.