RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 57675867 LA English T1 Queer London : perils and pleasures in the sexual metropolis, 1918-1957 A1 Houlbrook, Matt., PB University of Chicago Press PP Chicago YR 2005 SN 0226354601 9780226354606 0226354628 9780226354620 AB "In August 1934, young Cyril L. wrote to his friend Billy about all the exciting men he had met, the swinging nightclubs he had visited, and the vibrant new life he had forged for himself in the big city." "Cyril's story is Matt Houlbrook's point of entry into the queer worlds of early twentieth-century London. Drawing on previously unknown sources, from police reports and newspaper exposes to personal letters, diaries, and the first queer guidebook ever written, Houlbrook here explores the relationship between queer sexualities and modern urban culture that we take for granted today. He revisits the diverse queer lives that took hold in London's parks and streets; its restaurants, pubs, and dancehalls; and its Turkish bathhouses and hotels - as well as attempts by municipal authorities to crack down on those worlds."--Jacket.