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So famous and so gay : the fabulous potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein

Author: Jeff Solomon
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London University of Minnesota Press [2017] © 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) and Truman Capote (1924-1984) should not have been famous. They made their names between the Oscar Wilde trial and Stonewall, when homosexuality meant criminality and perversion. And yet both Stein and Capote, openly and exclusively gay, built their outsize reputations on works that directly featured homosexuality and a queer aesthetic. How did these writers become mass-market celebrities  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Solomon, Jeff, 1968- author.
So famous and so gay.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2017]
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Named Person: Gertrude Stein; Truman Capote
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Solomon
ISBN: 9780816696796 0816696799 9780816696826 0816696829
OCLC Number: 1002275162
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: xvi, 276 Seiten, 16 ungezählte Seiten Bildtafeln : Illustrationen, Portraits
Contents: ContentsPrologue: Beneath the MaskIntroduction: Stein and Capote in TheoryPart I1. Young, Effeminate, and Strange: The Debut of Truman Capote2. Capote, Forster, and the Trillings: Homophobia and Literary Culture at Mid-CenturyPart II3. Gertrude Stein, Opium Queen: Notes on a Mistaken Embrace4. Gertrude Stein in Life and TIME: A Respectable Commodity5. Three Lesbian Lives: A Map of Same-Sex PassionCoda: Janet Malcolm and Woody Allen Adrift in the PastAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex
Responsibility: Jeff Solomon.

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