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Author Bram, Christopher.
Title Eminent outlaws : the gay writers who changed America / Christopher Bram.
Imprint New York : Twelve, 2012.
Edition First edition.

Author Bram, Christopher.
Subject Gays' writings, American -- History and criticism.
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Gay authors -- United States.
Description xi, 372 pages ; 24 cm
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-354) and index.
Contents Into the Fifties. Innocence ; The kindness of strangers ; Howl ; Soul kiss ; Going Hollywood. -- The Sixties. The great homosexual theater scare ; The medium is the messsage ; Love and sex and A Single Man ; The whole world is watching ; Riots. -- The Seventies. Old and young ; Love song ; Annus mirabilis ; White noise. -- The Eighties. Illness and metaphor ; Dead poets society ; Tale of two or three cities ; Laughter in the dark. -- The Nineties and After. Angels ; Rising tide ; High tide. -- Rewriting America.
Summary 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. In the years following World War II a group of gay writers established themselves as major cultural figures in American life. Truman Capote, the enfant terrible, whose finely wrought fiction and nonfiction captured the nation's imagination. Gore Vidal, the wry, withering chronicler of politics, sex, and history. Tennessee Williams, whose powerful plays rocketed him to the top of the American theater. James Baldwin, the harrowingly perceptive novelist and social critic. Christopher Isherwood, the English novelist who became a thoroughly American novelist. And the exuberant Allen Ginsberg, whose poetry defied censorship and exploded minds. Together, their writing introduced America to gay experience and sensibility, and changed our literary culture. But the change was only beginning. A new generation of gay writers followed, taking more risks and writing about their sexuality more openly. Edward Albee brought his prickly iconoclasm to the American theater. Edmund White laid bare his own life in stylized, autobiographical works. Armistead Maupin wove a rich tapestry of the counterculture, queer and straight. Mart Crowley brought gay men's lives out of the closet and onto the stage. And Tony Kushner took them beyond the stage, to the center of American ideas. In this book the author weaves these men's ambitions, affairs, feuds, loves, and appetites into a single narrative. Chronicling over fifty years of momentous change, from civil rights to Stonewall to AIDS and beyond, this is a tale that reveals how the lives of these men are crucial to understanding the social and cultural history of the American twentieth century.
ISBN 9780446563130 (hbk.)
0446563137 (hbk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9780446563130
OCLC # 707964978
Table of Contents
pt. I Into the Fifties 
ch. One Innocence3
ch. Two The Kindness of Strangers14
ch. Three Howl24
ch. Four Soul Kiss39
ch. Five Going Hollywood54
pt. II The Sixties 
ch. Six The Great Homosexual Theater Scare73
ch. Seven The Medium Is the Message88
ch. Eight Love and Sex and A Single Man105
ch. Nine The Whole World Is Watching117
ch. Ten Riots134
pt. III The Seventies 
ch. Eleven Old and Young151
ch. Twelve Love Songs165
ch. Thirteen Annus Mirabilis175
ch. Fourteen White Noise195
pt. IV The Eighties 
ch. Fifteen Illness and Metaphor213
ch. Sixteen Dead Poets Society226
ch. Seventeen Tales of Two or Three Cities237
ch. Eighteen Laughter in the Dark250
pt. V The Nineties and After 
ch. Nineteen Angels261
ch. Twenty Rising Tide277
ch. Twenty-one High Tide292
 Epilogue: Rewriting America301
 Selected Bibliography351
 About the Author372

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