Winner of the 1994 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for history, this book challenges the conventional wisdom that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet. Based on years of research and access to private documents, including the diaries of gay man living in New York at the turn of the century, the author looks at a gay world which was not supposed to have existed. In his investigation of New York city, the gay capital of America for nearly a century, George Chauncey recreates the saloons, speakeasies and cafeterias where gay men gathered, describes the intimate parties and immense drag balls where they celebrated, and reconstructs the codes of dress, speech and style gay man developed to recognize and communicate with one another. Above all, the book shows that our most intimate sexual identities are stunningly recent creations. It depicts a complex pre-war sexual culture in which men were not divided into homosexuals and heterosexuals but into fairies, wolves, queers and "normal" men, in a society in which sexual normality was not defined by exclusive heterosexuality.
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An award-winning book that will change for ever the way we think about the gay past.
Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of public and private documents, including the diaries of gay men living in New York at the turn of the century, 'Gay New York' is a compelling investigation of a gay world that was not supposed to have existed.
"'Gay New York' is a triumph – a masterpiece of historical scholarship, social analysis and critical imagination. Chauncey's prodigious archival research recovers for us, in brilliant and fascinating detail, the once vibrant and now vanished world that flourished in New York City and elsewhere, during the fifty years before the outbreak of the Second World War. This book will change for ever the way we think about the evolution of sex and society in the United States, and it will have a lasting impact on both our theories and our histories of sexuality."
DAVID M. HALPERIN, 'Gay and Lesbian Quarterly' and Professor of Literature, MIT
"A monumental and multi-layered work, and a vital achievement in redefining and reassessing gay history ... Full of interesting revelations and insights."
"An electrifying account of the most historically important gay community in America."
JOHN BOSWELL, author of 'The Marriage of Likeness'
"A fascinating inventory of a world so long forgotten that it is almost universally believed to have never existed."
"Chauncey not only splendidly recreates this little-known chapter of New York history, but also produces an exquisite story, combining extensive original historical research with captivating narrative passages."
LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Chauncey's genius here is the way he combines real lives and theory."
George Chauncey is professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the author of Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, which won the distinguished Turner and Curti Awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award. He testified as an expert witness on the history of antigay discrimination at the 1993 trial of Colorado's Amendment Two, which resulted in the Supreme Court's Romer v. Evans decision that antigay rights referenda were unconstitutional, and he was the principal author of the Historians' Amicus Brief, which weighed heavily in the Supreme Court's landmark decision overturning sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas (2003). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives and works in Chicago.
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Book Description Basic Books, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 3N-ZXU0-2XY5
Book Description Flamingo, London, 1995. Softcover (Illustrated). Book Condition: Very Good. First Paperback Edition. acknowledgements, introduction by author, notes on sources, notes and index. The text is illustrated with the occasional black-and-white photograph or illustrations. Colour illustrated paperback binding with silver and black coloured titles to the front panel and white coloured titles to the back strip. Black-and-white photograph of author to the verso of the front panel. "In the half-century between 1890 and the beginnings of the Second World War, a highly visible, remarkably complex, and continually changing gay male world took shape in New York City. That world included several gay neighbourhood enclaves, widely publicised dances and other social events, and a host of commercial establishments where cavemen gathered, ranging from saloons, Speakeasies, and bars to cheap cafeterias and elegant restaurants." -- from the introduction page 1. A history of that world. Creasing to the book corners with bumping of the top back strip corners. Reading creases to the back strip with a little rubbing of the book panels. Age toning of the text block edges and pages and blue remainder stripe to the top text block edge. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. , X - XI, , 2 - 478, [6 - further titles from publishing house] pages, Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Gay & Lesbian; United States; History. ISBN: 0006550010. ISBN/EAN: 9780006550013. Inventory No: 0122365. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $7.80 for shipment within Australia. . Bookseller Inventory # 0122365
Book Description Basic Books. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0006550010I3N00
Book Description Flamingo, London, 1995. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Softcover. Color photographic cover with black lettering on front and white lettering on spine. 478 pages. No date on title page. Copyright page dated 1995. This copy is in very good condition. Cover is glossy and crisp. Binding is square and tight. Pages are clean and unmarked. Overall a very nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # Fred7-1248