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Jeb and Dash : a diary of gay life, 1918-1945

Author: Jeb Alexander; Ina Russell
Publisher: Boston : Faber and Faber, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It occurred to me today with something of a shock how horrible it would be for this diary of mine to be pawed over and read unsympathetically after I am dead, by those incapable of understanding... And then the thought of the one thing even more dreadful and terrible than that - for my diary never to be read by the one person who would or could understand. For I do want it to be read - there is no use concealing the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Biography
Named Person: Jeb Alexander; C C Dasham
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeb Alexander; Ina Russell
ISBN: 0571198171 9780571198177 0571198473 9780571198474
OCLC Number: 28547453
Description: 285 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: edited by Ina Russell.

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It occurred to me today with something of a shock how horrible it would be for this diary of mine to be pawed over and read unsympathetically after I am dead, by those incapable of understanding... And then the thought of the one thing even more dreadful and terrible than that - for my diary never to be read by the one person who would or could understand. For I do want it to be read - there is no use concealing the fact - by somebody who is like me, who would understand. Jeb Alexander was a gay man who lived in Washington, D.C., during the first half of the twentieth century. From 1918, when he was nineteen years old, until the late 1950s, he chronicled his daily life engagingly and unsparingly, leaving behind a unique record of ordinary gay life before Stonewall, a history that has remained largely hidden until now. Jeb came of age as the century did, witnessing and recording political and social change from the position of insider as an editor for the U.S. Government and outsider as a gay man. Painfully shy, and frustrated in his ambition to be a novelist by writer's block, Jeb turned to his diary as a way of expressing himself as well as recording events, creating a full emotional self-portrait and unforgettable sketches of the men who made up his lively circle of friends. Jeb and Dash also details the joy and anguish of an extraordinary on-and-off love affair between Jeb and C. C. Dasham (Dash), whom he met in college and with whom he remained friends throughout his life. A rare and important historical document, a beautifully written memoir, a love story, an ode to old Washington, D.C., Jeb and Dash is a remarkable find and an enduring literary achievement.

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by cfhillen (WorldCat user published 2009-04-09) Excellent Permalink

All gay men should read this book. I came out of the closet many decades after Jeb, but I strongly identified with his feelings, attitudes and experiences. The common struggles and intimate challenges, pressures and desires were eye-opening and poignant. I learned a lot about myself by reading this...
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