Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star
October 14th 2005
ISBN 1565125487 (ISBN13: 9781565125483)
Welcome to Hollywood, circa 1950, the end of the Golden Age. A remarkably handsome young boy, still a teenager, gets "discovered" by a big-time movie agent. Because when he takes his shirt off young hearts beat faster, because he is the picture of innocence and trust and need, he will become a star. It seems almost preordained. The open smile says, "You will love me," and soon the whole world does. The young boy's name was Tab Hunter—a made-up name, of course, a Hollywood name—and it was his time. Stardom didn't come overnight, although it seemed that way. In fact, the fame came first, when his face adorned hundreds of magazine covers; the movies, the studio contract, the name in lights—all that came later.
Vincent Price Unmasked
January 28th 1974
ISBN 0877496676 (ISBN13: 9780877496670)
Part of the Encore Film Book Classics series, this is a reprint of the original text to Vincent Price Unmasked by James Robert Parish and Steven Whitney. Long known to movie fans as the “King of Horror,” Vincent Price once reflected, “I sometimes feel that I'm impersonating the dark unconscious of the whole human race. I know this sounds sick, but I love it.” Over the decades, he appeared in such notable screen thrillers as Tower of London, House of Wax, The Fly, The Tingler, Pit and the Pendulum, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and Madhouse. But the real-life Vincent Price was also the personification of a complete Renaissance man who insisted: “A man who limits his interests limits his life.” This is the fascinating story behind the actor who became one of the most cultured—and popular—men of his time. From his appearances in more than 100 films and thousands of radio and TV shows the actor is well known.
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
February 14th 2012
ISBN 0802120075 (ISBN13: 9780802120076)
Full Service is not only a fascinating chronicle of Hollywood's sexual underground, but also exposes the hypocrisy of the major studios, who used actors to propagate a myth of a conformist, sexually innocent America knowing full well that their stars' personal lives differed dramatically from this family-friendly mold. As revelation-filled as Hollywood Babylon, Full Service provides a lost chapter in the history of the sexual revolution and is a testament to a man who provided sex, support, and affection to countless people.
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
January 1, 1933
ISBN 067972463X (ISBN13: 9780679724636)
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was written in 1933 by Gertrude Stein in the guise of an autobiography authored by Alice B. Toklas, who was her lover. It is a fascinating insight into the art scene in Paris as the couple were friends with Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. They begin the war years in England but return to France, volunteering for the American Fund for the French Wounded, driving around France, helping the wounded and homeless. After the war Gertrude has an argument with T. S. Eliot after he finds one of her writings inappropriate. They become friends with Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway. It was written to make money and was indeed a commercial success. However, it attracted criticism, especially from those who appeared in the book and didn’t like the way they were depicted.
All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson
December 4th 2018
ISBN 0062408879 (ISBN13: 9780062408877)
Devastatingly handsome, broad-shouldered and clean-cut, Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star. The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood. As an Oscar-nominated leading man, Hudson won acclaim for his performances in glossy melodramas (Magnificent Obsession), western epics (Giant) and blockbuster bedroom farces (Pillow Talk). In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Hudson successfully transitioned to television; his long-running series McMillan & Wife and a recurring role on Dynasty introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.
Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses
January 1st 2003
ISBN 1853755249 (ISBN13: 9781853755248)
Prion's internationally bestselling Sex Lives series presents lighthearted accounts of the sexual escapades of major figures in history, politics, religion, the arts, and film. Irreverent and gossipy, the books are packed with carnal tidbits and eye-opening revelations. Sex has long been the common currency of the Hollywood Dream Factory. Early movie moguls packed their epics with ravishing dancing girls and frequently used the casting couch to determine who should be rocketed to stardom.
The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution
March 6th, 2007
ISBN 1596910151 (ISBN13: 9781596910157)
In the 1920s when Laura Dillon felt like a man trapped in a woman's body, there were no words to describe her condition; transsexuals had yet to enter common usage. And there was no known solution to being stuck between the sexes. Laura Dillon did all she could on her own: she cut her hair, dressed in men's clothing, bound her breasts with a belt. But in a desperate bid to feel comfortable in her own skin, she experimented with breakthrough technologies that ultimately transformed the human body and revolutionized medicine. From upper-class orphan girl to Oxford lesbian, from post- surgery romance with Roberta Cowell (an early male-to-female) to self-imposed exile in India, Michael Dillon's incredible story reveals the struggles of early transsexuals and challenges conventional notions of what gender really means.
October 1st, 1980
ISBN 080442229X (ISBN13: 9780804422291)
Like a ringmaster at the circus, Truman Capote led us from one dazzling act to another in the entertainment that is the twentieth-century written word. Short stories, novels, novellas, plays, film scripts, and journalistic pieces dance in turn across the center stage of Capote's imagination, bringing to our view such masterpieces as Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) and In Cold Blood (1966). Despite these successes, Capote came closest to achieving performance perfection when he turned his attention to shorter works. Full of vivid descriptions and colorful characters, these stories give us front row seats to the attraction of Capote as both a writer and a human being. Capote, originally Truman Streckfus Persons, was born in New Orleans in 1924, the product of a very unstable marriage. Often neglected,the young boy spent a lot of time with relatives, mostly in Alabama.
October 2nd 2019
ISBN 036898737X (ISBN13: 9780368987373)
Vincent Leonard Price Jr, born on May twenty-seventh, 1911, St Louis, Missouri, US, was an actor, art historian, art collector and gourmet cook, best known for his performances in horror films, although his career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. Price appeared on stage, TV, radio, and in more than 100 movies, having 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television.
Understanding Truman Capote
June 23rd 2014
ISBN 1611173418 (ISBN13: 9781611173413)
Truman Capote--along with his most famous works In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's--continues to have a powerful hold over the American popular imagination. His glamorous lifestyle, which included hobnobbing with the rich and famous and frequenting the most elite nightclubs in Manhattan, makes him the subject of ongoing interest for public and academic audiences alike. In Understanding Truman Capote, Thomas Fahy provides a new direction for Capote studies that offers a way to reconsider the author's work.
December 31st, 1987
ISBN 0394759842 (ISBN13: 9780394759845)
The biography sensitive to the tragic pattern of the story of a great subject: Oscar Wilde – psychologically and sexually complicated, enormously quotable, central to an. Alluring cultural world and someone whose life assumed an unbearably dramatic shape.
Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius
October 3rd, 2000
ISBN 0679457348 (ISBN13: 9780679457343)
The 19th-century’s famous poet and author is often portrayed as a tragic figure, persecuted and shunned. In this fresh and engaging biography, Wilde emerges in his final years as a deeply moving human being who realizes his creative years are behind him and commits himself to a life of sexual freedom. The quotations that made his comedies triumph are woven into the narrative. Photo insert.
Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement
November 1st 1999
ISBN 081352718X (ISBN13: 9780813527185)
Rustin's long activist career began with his association with A. Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Then, as a member of A. J. Muste's Fellowship of Reconciliation, he participated in the "Journey of Reconciliation" (an early version of the "Freedom Rides" of 1961). He was a close associate of Martin Luther King in Montgomery and Atlanta and rose to prominence as organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin played a key role in applying nonviolent direct action to American race relations while rejecting the separatism of movements like Black Power in the 1960s, even at the risk of his being marginalized by the younger generation of civil rights activists. In his later years he tried to hold the civil rights coalition together and to fight for the economic changes he thought were necessary to decrease racism.
Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography
November 1st 1999
ISBN 0312267894 (ISBN13: 9780312267896)
Vincent Price is a true Hollywood legend, whose vast and distinguished career-as the voice of The Saint on the radio, in such unforgettable films as House of Wax and The Fly, and on the Broadway stage-spanned more than a half-century. In addition to being an icon of stage and screen large and small, Price was also an avid art collector, a gourmand, a dashing and relentless charmer, and a loving father. His daughter Victoria was born shortly before Price turned 51, at the height of his popularity. Though the star's busy film schedule took him in and out of his young daughter's life, he was always a larger-than-life presence and, simply, her father. Victoria adored him, and despite his harrowing schedule, their relationship was close. That is, until Price married his third wife, the headstrong and independent actress, Coral Browne.
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
October 14th, 2014
ISBN 0385346999 (ISBN13: 9780385346993)
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “autobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.
The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words
May 1st 2010
ISBN 0972589880 (ISBN13: 9780972589888)
The unrehearsed and unguarded conversations in this collection reveal Harvey Milk's sense of humor, outrage over injustice, and love of dramatic confrontation. This volume contains the texts of 39 interviews Milk did for newspapers, radio, and television, in which he describes his life, struggles, strategies, and dreams. It includes transcripts from three famous debates between Milk and John Briggs over the notorious Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative. This groundbreaking treasure trove provides insights into how Milk viewed the economic, social, sexual, and political issues that shape our lives today.
Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington
August 6th 2019
ISBN 087286765X (ISBN13: 9780872867659)
Bayard Rustin was a major figure in the Civil Rights movement. He was arrested on a bus 13 years before Rosa Parks and he participated in integrated bus rides throughout the South 14 years before the Freedom Riders. He was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., teaching him the techniques and philosophy of Gandhian nonviolent direct action. He organized the March on Washington in 1963, one of the most impactful mobilizations in American history. Despite these contributions, few Americans recognize his name, and he is absent from most history books, in large part because he was gay. This biography traces Rustin's life, from his childhood and his first arrest in high school for sitting in the "whites only" section of a theater, through a lifetime of nonviolent activism.
Rock Hudson: The Gentle Giant
July 20th 2015
Since David Bret published his best-selling biography of Rock Hudson in 2004, two key figures in Rock's story-his wife Phyllis Gates and his last lover, Marc Christian-have died, along with several others, allowing a great deal to be told which could not be told whilst they were alive. In this much-revised and extended biography, Bret discusses every aspect of Rock's life: parental abuse, discovering his sexuality while in the US Navy, his scores of male lovers, his prostitution to agents and talent scouts, the hidden truth behind his lavender marriage.
Montgomery Clift: A Biography
January 1st 1978
ISBN 0879101350 (ISBN13: 0073999710557)
An intimate and compelling portrait of an enigmatic, haunted, and gifted American actor, told in an intimate and vivid way. From his disturbing childhood to his early days in Hollywood to his tragic and untimely death, Montgomery Clift's story represents one of the true film legends. Includes photographs.
Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989
May 11th, 2018
ISBN 1938334299 (ISBN13: 9781938334290)
Pat Parker and Audre Lorde first met in 1969; they began exchanging letters regularly five years later. Over the next fifteen years, Lorde and Parker shared ideas, advice, and confidences through the mail. They sent each other handwritten and typewritten letters and postcards often with inserted items including articles, money, and video tapes. Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 gathers this correspondence for readers to eavesdrop on Lorde and Parker. They discuss their work as writers as well as intimate details of their lives, including periods when each lived with cancer. Sister Love is a rare opportunity to glimpse inside the minds and friendship of two great twentieth century poets.
Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
September 24th, 2019
ISBN 0062906402 (ISBN13: 9780062906403)
Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey. The truth is, it hasn’t always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy. Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn’t understand why he was so…over the top.
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
January 1st 1982
ISBN 0312019009 (ISBN13: 9780312019006)
The Mayor of Castro Street is Shilts's acclaimed story of Harvey Milk, the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the 1970s. His is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.
Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy
August 1st 2005
ISBN 081095897X (ISBN13: 9780810958975)
With her astounding beauty and enigmatic persona, Greta Garbo is the ultimate Hollywood icon. Critic Kenneth Tynan once declared, What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo sober. Though many books have tried to unlock the mystique of the Swedish Sphinx by focusing primarily on her personal life, Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy is the first book to pay serious attention to what made her an icon - her twenty-four Hollywood films. As MGM's highest-paid star, Garbo had approval over story, co-star, director, and cinematographer, wielding power that few others could match - yet she was often at odds with the system that made her such a phenomenon.
The Maybelline Prince: Founder of DMK TransGenesis International, and Ambassador for Leadership in Human Rights with the Harvey Milk Foundation
February 19th 2014
ISBN 022654141X (ISBN13: 9780226541419)
The 1970s were known for free love and experimentation of all kinds. Nobody cared if you were gay, straight or bisexual, and the use of recreational drugs was common. In the midst of all this appeared a woman who had turned the head of Al Capone, helped found the famous Maybelline cosmetics company, and still possessed more than enough beauty, magnetism and allure to make men do more than they had ever thought they could do.
Gore Vidal: A Biography
October 12th 1999
ISBN 038547704X (ISBN13: 9780385477048)
No writer since Hemingway has lived his life on as ambitious or international a scale as Gore Vidal, whose work, like Hemingway's, has become a prominent landmark in twentieth century American literature. Thanks to Vidal's complete cooperation and Kaplan's complete autonomy, this meticulously researched biography has all the glamour, sex, gossip, and family scandal one would expect. But more than that, Kaplan ties together the diversity and variety of his subject's work and life in a highly satisfying, utterly thorough study that will be the starting point for any critical and cultural analysis of Gore Vidal for years to come.
I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters
March 20th 2012
ISBN 0872865789 (ISBN13: 9780872865785)
Bayard Rustin has been called the “lost prophet” of the civil rights movement. A master strategist and tireless activist, he is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the U.S. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and played a deeply influential role in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to mold him into an international symbol of nonviolence. Despite these achievements, Rustin often remained in the background. He was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era.
Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk
January 1st 1984
ISBN 0982565054 (ISBN13: 9780982565056)
After assassinating San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, killer Dan White was given only a mild sentence for manslaughter. This true crime thriller explains why White killed the two politicians, and how he got away with murder. This new expanded edition reveals for the first time how after his release from prison White confessed his true murderous intent and his secret plan to kill two more politicians. A companion DVD provides unseen television interviews and the never-before-available recording of White's gut-wrenching confession.
An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings
February 15th 2013
ISBN 0520955021 (ISBN13: 9780520955028)
Harvey Milk was one of the first openly and politically gay public officials in the United States, and his remarkable activism put him at the very heart of a pivotal civil rights movement reshaping America in the 1970s. An Archive of Hope is Milk in his own words, bringing together in one volume a substantial collection of his speeches, columns, editorials, political campaign materials, open letters, and press releases, culled from public archives, newspapers, and personal collections.
Under the Rainbow: An Intimate Memoir of Judy Garland, Rock Hudson and My Life in Old Hollywood
September 11th 2006
ISBN 0786718536 (ISBN13: 9780786718535)
Actor John Carlyle got his big break in 1954. New to Hollywood, the twenty-three-year-old Carlyle was cast as the assistant director of the movie-within-a movie in George Cukor's A Star is Born. Although Carlyle's scene was later cut from the film — and his star status subsequently never materialized — the job brought him in touch with Judy Garland, who up until her death fifteen years later was Carlyle's friend and sometime lover. Under the Rainbow: tells the story of this rocky but beloved relationship. No longer the great star who first enthralled Carlyle as an adolescent, Garland — like many former headliners in the 1960s — lived an often desperate, hand-to-mouth existence that was eased only by pills and liquor. She turned to Carlyle for support, even with the hope of marrying the openly gay actor.
June 17th 2004
ISBN 1861058551 (ISBN13: 9781861058553)
This is the first full account of Rock Hudson’s career and private life to appear since his death in 1985. With frankness, David Bret discusses every aspect of the actor’s life: his painful childhood, his scores of male lovers, the constant pressures of concealing his homosexuality from the press, and four decades of box-office success. Drawn from new material—including candid interviews given by Hudson himself and withdrawn until after his death—Bret’s portrait of this warm-hearted actor also sheds light on his later life. Rock Hudson was the first major public figure to announce he had AIDS, and his search for a cure drew international attention. After his death, his long-time lover successfully sued his estate, again calling attention to the homosexuality the star had hidden for most of his career.
The Absolute Joy of Work: From Vermont to Broadway, Hollywood, and Damn Near 'Round the World
September 7th 2016
ISBN 1629330833 (ISBN13: 9781629330839)
Discover the more than twenty New York stage productions, countless tours around the country, hundreds of TV and radio shows, gold records, and the many films in which he appeared. His resume reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood, including his associations with Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Bert Lahr, David Merrick, Ray Bolger, Mary Martin, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, and Janet Leigh. His life story reverberates with ecstasy and anxiety, yet through it all, the absolute joy of his work overcame all obstacles, and he achieved more in his life than most people could dream. The autobiography of Carleton Carpenter. 20 chapters. Introduction by Debbie Reynolds. More than 60 rare photos tracing his more-than seventy-year career. Carpenter was an out bisexual.
Son of Oscar Wilde
September 10th, 1956
ISBN 0786707011 (ISBN13: 9780786707010)
With its thirty-three previously unpublished Oscar Wilde letters and its poignant recollections of a man as spontaneous, humane, and sincere as he was prodigiously witty, Vyvyan Holland's memoir of his famous father has come to be regarded as a biographical classic in Wildean studies. Sharply observed, vivid, and dispassionate, it offers not only an unforgettable portrait of Wilde himself, his circle of friends, and his band of persecutors, but also a touching chronicle of Holland's own childhood, of the loneliness he experienced as the son of a remarkable, notorious father and of his emergence from the shadows of cruel injustice and dark scandal.
Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster
June 10th, 2008
ISBN 0786718226 (ISBN13: 9780786718221)
Jeannette Howard Foster was to lesbianism in the mid-twentieth century what out authors such as Gore Vidal and James Baldwin were to gay men. She unapologetically blew the lid off Cold War sexual repression in 1956 with her Sex Variant Women in Literature-the first-ever study of homosexual, bisexual, and cross-dressing characters appearing in more than 300 works, from ancient times to the present. Joanne Passet’s Sex Variant Woman is a fascinating portrait of Foster, who served as the first librarian at the Kinsey Institute before leaving to publish her controversial book. It is also a riveting look into the pre-Stonewall past, the intense sexual repression and persecution endured by homosexuals, the groundbreaking advances put forth by a cadre of activists, and the rise of feminism and gay and lesbian liberation decades later.
Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen: A Biography
February 1st 1997
ISBN 0060167025 (ISBN13: 9780060167028)
Bayard Rustin's influence on American culture is perhaps immeasurable. He played a key role in infusing the Civil Rights movement with the principles of nonviolence; one of the movement's ablest strategists, he was responsible for organizing two of its most momentous events. In this biography, Jervis Anderson, who once worked with Rustin, describes the life of this leading Black intellectual from his imprisonment as a conscientious observer during WWII to his relationships with Dr. King, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and Dorothy Height and the controversy he caused in his later years when he took issue with certain aspects of the Black Power movement. Written with the cooperation of Rustin's friends and colleagues, and with complete access to his personal papers, this is the definitive biography of one of the most important heroes of the Civil Rights movement.
Tallulah: My Autobiography
January 1st 1951
ISBN 1578066352 (ISBN13: 9781578066353)
Tallulah: My Autobiography by Tallulah Bankhead In her own words, the life of the inimitable actress known for her daring ways and distinctive foghorn voice Her grandfather was a U. S. senator. Her uncle was a U. S. congressman. Her father was Speaker of the House. Although born to privilege in Alabama and groomed in a convent school, Tallulah Bankhead resolved not to be just another southern belle. Quickly she rose to the top and became an acclaimed actress of London's West End and on the Broadway stage. She originated the starring roles of Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" and Sabina in Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Her Broadway performances brought her to the notice of Hollywood, and in 1944 she won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for her leading role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat."
American Legends: The Life of Rock Hudson
December 19th 2013
ISBN 0062408879 (ISBN13: 9780062408877)
In the middle of the 20th century, there was perhaps no leading man as famous and popular as Rock Hudson, who would star in both comedies and dramas on the way to being named one of the Top 10 Stars of the Year for eight years straight (1957-1964). Whether he was starring in a comedy with Doris Day or in a drama opposite Elizabeth Taylor, the tall, impeccably dressed actor couldn’t help but make girls in the audience swoon, and he was recognized as one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs. The success of his peak years ensured that Hudson would remain a star over the course of 4 decades, and he appeared in about 70 films during his career.
Peninsula of Lies: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love
March 2nd, 2004
ISBN 0743235606 (ISBN13: 9780743235600)
"Peninsula of Lies" is a nonfiction mystery, set in haunting locales and peopled with fascinating characters, that unwraps the enigma of a woman named Dawn Langley Simmons, a British writer who lived in Charleston, South Carolina, during the 1960s and became the focus of one of the most unusual sexual scandals of the last century. Born in England sometime before World War II, Dawn Langley Simmons began life as a boy named Gordon Langley Hall. Gordon was the son of servants at Sissinghurst Castle, the estate of Vita Sackville-West, where as a child he met Vita's lover Virginia Woolf. In his twenties, Gordon made his way to New York, where he became an author of society biographies and befriended such grandes dames as the actress Margaret Rutherford and the artist and heiress Isabel Whitney, who left him a small fortune.
March 1st 2009
ISBN 1604133988 (ISBN13: 9781604133981)
A complex critical portrait of one of the most influential writers in the world. Bibliographic information that directs readers to additional resources for further study. A useful chronology of the writer's life with an introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
The Sex Lives of Famous Gays
February 24th 2014
Over the years some gay men, such as Oscar Wilde, suffered for their sexuality. Others, such as Quentin Crisp, made a career out of it. Noel Coward could not have been more camp. J. Edgar Hoover hid his sexuality whilst openly persecuting other homosexuals, T. E. Lawrence probably died because he could not come to terms with his sexual needs. Joe Orton died because his partner could not accept them, while for Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima death itself was a sexual act. Sex Lives of the Famous Gays contains a richly diverse collection of gay lives - from the noble and heroic, through the comically camp to the compellingly creepy. Its cast includes poets, playwrights, novelists, soldiers, dancers, film directors, actors, entertainers and models.
Cary Grant: A Biography
September 27th 2005
ISBN 0307209830 (ISBN13: 9780307209832)
Rigorously researched and elegantly written, Cary Grant: A Biography is a complete, nuanced portrait of the greatest star in cinema history. Exploring Grant’s troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities, as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood’s favorite romantic lead for more than thirty- five years, Cary Grant is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant’s professional and private life and the first biography to reveal the real man behind the movie star.
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
November 1st 1987
ISBN 0312241356 (ISBN13: 9780312241353)
By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? In answering these questions, Shilts weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments.
Rock Hudson: Friend of Mine
March 28th 1990
ISBN 0886875625 (ISBN13: 9780886875626)
Hudson's closet friend and lover of twenty years focuses on the actor's full life, rather than his painful last months, in a collection of anecdotes, memories, and photographs
The Autobiography of Billie Jean King
January 1, 1933
ISBN 0583136842 (ISBN13: 9780583136846)
Anthony Perkins: A Haunted Life
March 2nd 1995
ISBN 0751506613 (ISBN13: 9780751506617)
Like the infamous character, Norman Bates, whom he portrayed in the Hitchcock film "Psycho", Anthony Hopkins was a loner with a fear of women, due in part to his domineering mother. This biography describes how, to a great extent, his life was an attempt to bury both his mother and Norman Bates. His struggle, which took him through homosexuality, psychoanalysis and drugs, culminated in a happy marriage in his forties, but was then blighted by AIDS. The book, for which the author interviewed a wide variety of people who knew and worked with Perkins, also depicts a attractive man of charm, humour, courage and talent.
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
January 1, 1993
ISBN140009691X (ISBN13: 9781400096916)
A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote’s life’s work in the form he called his “great love,” The Complete Stories confirms Capote’s status as a master of the short story. Ranging from the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are here, in stories as elegant as they are heartfelt, as haunting as they are compassionate. Reading them reminds us of the miraculous gifts of a beloved American original.
Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist
November 15th 2014
Raised by his Quaker grandmother to believe in the value of every human being, Bayard made trouble where ever he saw injustice. As a teenager, he was arrested for sitting in the whites only section of a theater. More arrests followed, for protesting against segregation, discrimination, and war. His belief in nonviolent action as a means for social change gave him a guiding vision for the Civil Rights Movement, which he used to mentor the young Martin Luther King, Jr. When A. Philip Randolph needed the best organizer on the planet, he turned to Bayard Rustin to bring 250,000 people to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
The Sex Lives of Famous Lesbians
March 1st 2007
ISBN 1853755559 (ISBN13: 9781853755552)
Queen Victoria simply did not believe that lesbianism existed, so it was never outlawed in England in the 19th century. However, in the U.S. Susan B. Anthony, the artist Natalie Barney, and Emily Dickinson were all brushing up the sapphic arts. Over in France, the Napoleonic Code had introduced a certain laxity. Back in England, the death of Queen Vic led to a veritable explosion of lesbianism with the Bloomsbury Group and Radclyffe Hall. Nowadays, lesbianism is the everyday fare of soap operas and, with Madonna French-kissing Britney, global TV. Sex Lives of the Famous Lesbians contain a mixture of the glamorous, the tragic, the excessive, the absurd, and the downright comic. It aims to excite and amuse, while giving a genuine insight into the characters of those people who have shaped our history and culture.
So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein
May 23rd 2017
ISBN 0816696799 (ISBN13: 9780816696796)
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 while other gay public figures were closeted or censored? And what did their fame mean for queer writers and readers, and for the culture in general? Jeff Solomon explores these questions in So Famous and So Gay.
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
September 6th, 2000
ISBN 0805064036 (ISBN13: 9780805064032)
“You are eighteen years old. You get up in front of a thousand people–your classmates, your friends, basically the people who make up your entire existence–and announce, ‘I’m HIV positive.’” Told entirely in sequential art, here is the story of the life-changing friendship between the author, a cartoonist from Long Island, and Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive AIDS activist, which was filmed day by day on MTV’s Real World San Francisco. As a speaker and educator, a guest on many talk shows (including Oprah), and when his tragic death received front-page coverage in the press, Pedro taught a generation that AIDS was not a punishment for moral defects or a mere killer that reduced humans to wraiths.
Pink Triangle: The Feuds and Private Lives of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Members of Their Entourages
October 7th 2013
ISBN 1936003376 (ISBN13: 9781936003372)
One hot summer night in 1945, three young American writers, each an enfant terrible, came together in a stuffy Manhattan apartment for the first time. Each member of this pink triangle was on the dawn of world fame Tennessee Williams for A Streetcar Named Desire; Gore Vidal for his notorious homosexual novel, 'The City and the Pillar'; and Truman Capote for 'Other Voices, Other Rooms', a book that had been marketed with a photograph depicting Capote as a underaged sex object that caused as much controversy as the prose inside. Each of the three remained competitively and defiantly provocative throughout the course of his writing career.
Conversations With Capote
January 1st 1985
ISBN 0306809443 (ISBN13: 9780306809446)
Who but Truman Capote would dare to say that about (among many, many others) Jacqueline Onassis, Norman Mailer, Montgomery Clift, André Gide, Marilyn Monroe, Lee Radziwill, Tennessee Williams, J. D. Salinger, Gore Vidal, and Elizabeth Taylor? Equally pointed is Capote's talk about himself-his childhood and early fame, his bouts with drugs and alcohol, his homosexuality, his assessment of his talent and his work, including In Cold Blood. He has definite opinions about good writing, and he isn't shy about saying who he thinks the biggest phonies are among his fellow writers. Conversations with Capote-which Capote intended to be the definitive in-depth interview-makes both the man and his times come alive and has what the San Diego Union called the "quality that will bring readers to it again and again."
A Biography of Gwendolyn Ann Smith
July 28th 2017
ISBN 1618460447 (ISBN13: 9781618460448)
Gwendolyn Ann Smith remembers when she was three years old, she adored, coveted, and so wanted to wear Mary Jane shoes: simple, black leather shoes with little straps across the instep. Practical and cute footwear that many little girls wore. Her parents said no; these shoes weren't for Gwen. She was confused and too young to understand why not. Finally, her parents told her that those shoes were for girls. And Gwen was a boy. That memory, one of her earliest, begins the story of her long journey to become herself.
When Harvey Milk Wasn't Harvey Milk
March 9th 2018
In November 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. I was seventeen years old then, and living nearby in Oakland. I was excited that, after the harm caused by Anita Bryant's homophobic campaign in Dade County, Florida, at least one place in the United States would be making progress in what we narrowly referred to as "gay rights." Within one year, we lost Harvey in an act of workplace violence that also killed Mayor George Moscone.
This approximately 2,700 word essay covers a portion of 1970s San Francisco LGBT history, but it emphasizes that history from a personal vantage point. Each LGBT person who was around then has different memories, and if we recall those memories carefully we can contribute something.
Tracy and Hepburn
November 10th 1971
ISBN 1556111029 (ISBN13: 9781556111020)
This classic Hollywood memoir is again available, now with a new foreword by the author. Spence Tracy and Kate Hepburn were the couple everyone knew of but no one really knew anything about. What kept these two opposites together makes for an interesting read.
Oppression as Process: The Case of Bayard Rustin
December 1st 2014
Revisionist history or other types of recovery work are commonly considered important steps towards liberation for marginalized individuals and groups. Yet, this volume argues that the mere act of ‘breaking the silence’ should not solely be seen in line with liberation, but also with the oppressive past that made this recovery work necessary. In order to illustrate the relevance of this insight when implemented in the analysis of concrete cases, this study both conducts such an examination and offers a theoretical framework to disclose the general social dynamics of oppression and liberation. Weaving together the theories of Norbert Elias and Pierre Bourdieu, this volume employs the case of Bayard Rustin (1912–1987), the African-American civil, labor and human rights activist and mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space
June 3rd, 2014
ISBN 1476725764 (ISBN13: 9781476725765)
The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys’ club to a more inclusive elite. Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she faulted NASA’s rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.
The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward: Recollections of an Extraordinary Twentieth-Century Gay Life
April 24th 2018
ISBN 022654141X (ISBN13: 9780226541419)
On August 21, 1978, a year before his seventieth birthday, Samuel Steward (1909–93) sat down at his typewriter in Berkeley, California, and began to compose a remarkable autobiography. No one but his closest friends knew the many different identities he had performed during his life: as Samuel Steward, he had been a popular university professor of English; as Phil Sparrow, an accomplished tattoo artist; as Ward Stames, John McAndrews, and Donald Bishop, a prolific essayist in the first European gay magazines; as Phil Andros, the author of a series of popular pornographic gay novels during the 1960s and 1970s. And, as a compulsive record keeper, he had maintained a meticulous card-file index throughout his life that documented his 4,500 sexual encounters with more than 800 men.
Split Image: the Life of Anthony Perkins
September 1st 1996
ISBN 0525940642 (ISBN13: 9780525940647)
Compelling and surprising, here is the first in-depth look at the double life of one of the world's most recognizable film stars. Split Image insightfully and comprehensively documents the life of Anthony Perkins, who was forced to act the part of a sexy ladies' man while privately struggling with his own homosexuality. Years of careful research and more than 300 interviews with prominent Hollywood figures went into this insightful book. of photos.
Idol: Rock Hudson
January 1st 1986
ISBN 0553266802 (ISBN13: 9780553266801)
The Amazon of Letters: The Life & Loves of Natalie Barney
February 1st, 1976
ISBN 0399118640 (ISBN13: 9780399118647)
Sal Mineo: A Biography
November 2nd, 2010
ISBN 0307718689 (ISBN13: 9780307718686)
Sal Mineo is probably most well-known for his unforgettable, Academy Award–nominated turn opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and his tragic murder at the age of thirty-seven. Finally, in this riveting new biography filled with exclusive, candid interviews with both Mineo’s closest female and male lovers and never-before-published photographs, Michael Gregg Michaud tells the full story of this remarkable young actor’s life, charting his meteoric rise to fame and turbulent career and private life. One of the hottest stars of the 1950s, Mineo grew up as the son of Sicilian immigrants in a humble Bronx flat. But by age eleven, he appeared on Broadway in Tennessee Williams’s The Rose Tattoo, and then as Prince Chulalongkorn in the original Broadway production of The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence.
Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
September 15th, 2015
ISBN 087071595X (ISBN13: 9780870715952)
Marie Equi explores the fiercely independent life of an extraordinary woman. Born of Italian-Irish parents in 1872, Marie Equi endured childhood labor in a gritty Massachusetts textile mill before fleeing to an Oregon homestead with her first longtime woman companion, who described her as impulsive, earnest, and kind-hearted. These traits, along with courage, stubborn resolve, and a passion for justice, propelled Equi through an unparalleled life journey. Equi self- studied her way into a San Francisco medical school and then obtained her license in Portland to become one of the first practicing woman physicians in the Pacific Northwest. From Pendleton, Portland, Seattle and beyond to Boston and San Francisco, she leveraged her professional status to fight for woman suffrage, labor rights, and reproductive freedom.
Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin
August 5th 2003
ISBN 0226142698 (ISBN13: 9780226142692)
One of the most important figures of the American civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin taught Martin Luther King Jr. the methods of Gandhi, spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington, and helped bring the struggle of African Americans to the forefront of a nation's consciousness. But despite his incontrovertibly integral role in the movement, the openly gay Rustin is not the household name that many of his activist contemporaries are. In exploring history's Lost Prophet, acclaimed historian John D'Emilio explains why Rustin's influence was minimized by his peers and why his brilliant strategies were not followed, or were followed by those he never meant to help.
HARVEY MILK: The Politics of Hope
September 4th 2017
Harvey Milk is a name that is beginning to resonate as widely as that of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X or Steve Biko.
The Californian politician was a ground breaker for the civil rights for a different, but still vulnerable, group of society. Harvey Milk was gay. And, at a time when it was easier and safer to hide your sexuality under a cloak of perceived decency, he was prepared to risk everything to promote the rights of these American citizens. In this book, we will look at his life. We will discover how the little-known businessman living in a Californian community, sought and gained political office.
Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life
April 2nd 2012
ISBN 0982000960 (ISBN13: 9780982000960)
Second Son is a story that intimately explores the transition experience of Ryan Salllans, born Kimberly Ann Sallans. The reader is pulled through Ryan's transition from infant to child, child to body-obsessed teenage girl, teenage girl to eating-disordered young woman, female to male, daughter to son, and finally a beloved partner to a cherished fiance'. A unique lens on life and love. Ryan candidly shares his struggle to find love and acceptance; a struggle that transcends through every layer of society. He nearly died from an extreme case of anorexia as an insecure female college student. The only thing that saved him was his inner spirit begging for a chance to live. ? Second Son chronicles Ryan's battle with his family, his romantic partner, and his body.
Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler
December 4th 2018
ISBN 158642243X (ISBN13: 9781586422431)
President Eisenhower's National Security Advisor Robert "Bobby" Cutler shaped US Cold War strategy in far more consequential ways than previously understood. A lifelong Republican, Cutler also served three Democratic presidents. The life of any party, he was a tight-lipped loyalist who worked behind the scenes to get things done. While Cutler's contributions to the public sphere may not have received, until now, the consideration they deserve, the story of his private life has never before been told. Cutler struggled throughout his years in the White House to discover and embrace his own sexual identity and orientation, and he was in love with a man half his age, NSC staffer Skip Koons. Cutler poured his emotions into a six-volume diary and dozens of letters that have been hidden from history.
Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement
September 1st 1996
ISBN 078682140X (ISBN13: 9780786821402)
A great struggle has been waged in the United States for full social and economic equality for its African American citizens. From the student sit-ins of the 1930s to the bus boycotts of the 1950s to the massive protest marches of the late 1950s and early 1960s, most of the battles were nonviolent ones. This was due, in large part, to the work of a man named Bayard Rustin. He was not a famous orator, like Martin Luther King Jr., or a flamboyant personality, like Adam Clayton Powell Jr., or even the head of any major civil rights organization. But for many years, Rustin was a key player in every major civil rights initiative in the United States. A passionate believer in nonviolent resistance, Rustin helped steer the movement in that direction.
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade
August 17th, 2010
ISBN 0374281343 (ISBN13: 9780374281342)
Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, The Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid (and often very funny) detail. After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow, a tattoo artist on Chicago’s notorious South State Street, Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research.
Sex Lives Of Hollywood Idols
January 1st 1997
ISBN 1853755230 (ISBN13: 9781853755231)
Tackles the steamy world of movies and their stars, including the sex lives of such heroes as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, James Dean and Marlon Brando.
April 1st 2012
ISBN 0500251908 (ISBN13: 9780500251904)
Robert Aldrich presents a fascinating portrait of gay men and women throughout history that reveals the full diversity of gay lives as lived in their times. He gives a voice to more than seventy people from around the world and all walks of life, from poets, philosophers, and artists to radicals and activists. Along with celebrated names such as Michelangelo, Frederick the Great, and Harvey Milk are lesser-known but no less inspiring individuals: two men of ancient Egypt whose lives were closely linked over four thousand years ago; a Renaissance nun who blurred the boundaries between spiritual and physical love; and “Aimée” and “Jaguar,” whose love defied the death camps of wartime Germany.
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Best-Kept Boy in the World: The Life and Loves of Denny Fouts
February 19th 2013
ISBN 1936833417 (ISBN13: 9781936833412)
The Best-Kept Boy in the World is the first book ever written about Denham (Denny) Fouts (1914-1948), the twentieth century's most famous male prostitute. He was a socialite and muse whose extraordinary life started off humbly in Jacksonville, Florida. But in short order he befriend (and bedded) the rich and celebrated and in the process conquered the world. No less an august figure than the young Gore Vidal was enchanted by Denny's special charms. He twice modeled characters on Denny in his fiction, saying it was a pity that Denny never wrote a memoir. To Vidal he was "un homme fatal."
Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color
June 4th 2019
ISBN 1641601507 (ISBN13: 9781641601504)
In 1978, Harvey Milk asked Gilbert Baker to create a unifying symbol for the growing gay rights movement, and on June 25 of that year, Baker’s Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade. Baker had no idea his creation would become an international emblem of liberation, forever cementing his pivotal role in helping to define the modern LGBTQ movement. Rainbow Warrior is Baker’s passionate personal chronicle, from a repressive childhood in 1950s Kansas to a harrowing stint in the US Army, and finally his arrival in San Francisco, where he bloomed as both a visual artist and social justice activist. His fascinating story weaves through the early years of the struggle for LGBTQ rights, when he worked closely with Milk, Cleve Jones, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Baker continued his flag- making, street theater and activism through the Reagan years and the AIDS crisis.
Rock Hudson Erotic Fire
September 1st 2017
ISBN 1936003554 (ISBN13: 9781936003556)
Rock Hudson reigned in the late 1950s and early 60s as Hollywood s greatest ambisexual swordsman, seducing icons who included Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Joan Crawford, and Lauren Bacall, as well as hundreds of other lesser-known players willing to share some Pillow Talk. Mamie Van Doren, one of Hollywood's bustiest, most provocative, and most promiscuous bombshells, asserted loudly that the boulder that Rock s agent named him after was a big one.
No Compromise: The Story of Harvey Milk
September 1st 2009
ISBN 1599351293 (ISBN13: 9781599351292)
A young adult biography of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death
May 22nd 2018
ISBN 0300222610 (ISBN13: 9780300222616)
Before finding his calling as a politician, however, Harvey variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store and organizer of the local business community in San Francisco. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. His early influences and his many personal and professional experiences finally came together when he decided to run for elective office as the forceful champion of gays, racial minorities, women, working people, the disabled, and senior citizens.
Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball
January 1st 2007
ISBN 047009821X (ISBN13: 9780470098219)
1966 was the year of Truman Capote. Flush with the success of 'In Cold Blood', he decided to throw a masked ball in honor of 'Washington Post' publisher Katharine Graham at New York's Plaza Hotel. This book chronicles the preparation leading up to the party and, in detail, captures the drama and excitement of the ball itself.
Secrets of a Sissy Boy: A Gay Grimoire of Modern Magic for Men Who Love Men and the Hags Who Worship Them
December 1st 2016
If you think being gay is difficult in this still evolving world, try being a gay witch. The author shares a brutally honest depiction of what it was like to be bullied to the point of suicide, and his rise from the depths of despair to an empowered, powerful, and successful gay witch. A heartbreaking, as well as heartwarming account of the role of witchcraft plays in the life of gay witch and author Carolina Dean, Secrets of a Sissy Boy shares some of his most powerful secrets for seducing straight men, controlling your lover, eliminating rivals, and when necessary how to remove a man's nature and MORE!
Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890–1918
In 1890, Rose Cleveland, sister of President Grover Cleveland, began writing to Evangeline Simpson, a wealthy widow who would become the second wife of Henry Whipple, Minnesota's Episcopal bishop. The women corresponded across states and continents, discussing their advocacy and humanitarian work—and demonstrating their sexual attraction, romance, and partnership. In 1910, after Evangeline Whipple was again widowed, the two women sailed to Italy and began a life together.
One Gay American
July 27th 2012
Dennis Milam Bensie is One Gay American. Born in the 1960s and raised with traditional values in Robinson, Illinois, Bensie desperately wanted romance, a beautiful wedding, and a baby to carry on the family name. He denied his sexuality and married a woman at nineteen years old, but fantasized of weddings where he could be the bride. The newlyweds "adopted" a Cabbage Patch Doll and ironically witnessed a Cabbage Patch Doll wedding (a successful fundraiser staged by a local women's club) where the dolls were granted the type of grand ceremony off-limits to gay couples.
Bayard Rustin: American Dreamer
October 28th 2008
ISBN 074254513X (ISBN13: 9780742545137)
Bayard Rustin was a unique twentieth-century American radical voice. A homosexual, World War II draft resister, and ex- communist, he made enormous contributions to the civil rights, socialist, labor, peace, and gay rights movements in the United States, despite being viewed as an "outsider" even by fellow activists. Rustin was a humanist who championed the disadvantaged and oppressed, regardless of identity. In Bayard Rustin: American Dreamer, Jerald Podair examines the life and career of a man who shaped virtually every aspect of the modern civil rights movement as a theorist, strategist, and spokesman. Podair begins by covering the period from Rustin's 1912 birth in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to his 1946 release from federal prison, where he served over two years for draft evasion.
Harvey Milk Biography
May 10th 2019
Harvey Milk was America’s first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. This biography of Harvey Milk provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.
Mirrors: Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual
October 1st, 1996
ISBN 1563334356 (ISBN13: 9781563334351)
The alternately heartbreaking and empowering story of one woman's long road to full selfhood. Born a male, Geri Nettick knew something just didn't fit. And even after coming to terms with her own gender dysphoria, and taking steps to correct it, she still fought to be accepted by the lesbian feminist community to which she felt she belonged. A fascinating, true tale of struggle and discovery.
Man Into Woman: The First Sex Change
January 1, 1931
ISBN 933365691X (ISBN13: 9789333656917)
This riveting account of the transformation of the Danish painter Einar Wegener into Lili Elbe is a remarkable journey from man to woman. Einar Wegener was a leading artist in late 1920's Paris. One day his wife Grete asked him to dress as a woman to model for a portrait. It was a shattering event which began a struggle between his public male persona and emergent female self, Lili. Einar was forced into living a double life; enjoying a secret hedonist life as Lili, with Grete and a few trusted friends, whilst suffering in public as Einar, driven to despair and almost to suicide. Doctors, unable to understand his condition, dismissed him as hysterical. Lili eventually forced Einar to face the truth of his being - he was, in fact, a woman. This bizarre situation took an extraordinary turn when it was discovered that his body contained primitive female sex organs.
October 1st 1984
ISBN 1557833524 (ISBN13: 9781557833525)
Marlene Dietrich has exercised her spell as powerfully off screen as on. From the vantage point of a long-time film critic, broadcaster, Alexander Walker, author of major biographies on Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, gives an authoritative and entertaining account on how the legend of Marlene Dietrich grew, from the femme fatale of The Blue Angel to the svelte nightclub entertainer of Las Vegas.
Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
December 1st 1997
ISBN 0385491735 (ISBN13: 9780385491730)
He was the most social of writers, and at the height of his career, he was the very nexus of the glamorous worlds of the arts, politics and society, a position best exemplified by his still legendary Black and White Ball. Truman truly knew everyone, and now the people who knew him best tell his remarkable story to bestselling author and literary lion, George Plimpton. Using the oral-biography style that made his Edie (edited with Jean Stein) a bestseller, George Plimpton has blended the voices of Capote's friends, lovers, and colleagues into a captivating and narrative. Here we see the entire span of Capote's life, from his Southern childhood, to his early days in New York; his first literary success with the publication of Other Voices, Other Rooms; his highly active love life; the groundbreaking excitement of In Cold Blood, the first "nonfiction novel"; his years as a jet-setter; and his final days of flagging inspiration, alcoholism, and isolation.
Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John
June 1st, 1999
ISBN 0879517085 (ISBN13: 9780879517083)
Sally Cline uses new material to explore the connections between Hall's writings, life, and milieu, creating a biography that is both a signal contribution to women's studies and a marvelous read.
Our Three Selves: The Life Of Radclyffe Hall
October 1st, 1986
ISBN 0688043852 (ISBN13: 9780688043858)
Michael Stipe: The Biography
September 27th, 2007
ISBN 0749950986 (ISBN13: 9780749950989)
For the last quarter of a century Michael Stipe has been the lead singer of R.E.M, who from their humble beginnings toured and built a steadily growing legion of fans before breaking into the mainstream during the early 1990s. Today Stipe is one of the most instantly recognizable faces in rock and R.E.M. are held in a respect that only 25 years of excellent songwriting and hard work can justify. But Stipe is much more than just the singer. This biography will explore his nomadic early years as the child in a military family, his early love of punk and photography, his relationship with his two sisters, and the drive behind one of the hardest working men in music.
Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
September 22nd 2014
ISBN 0393021246 (ISBN13: 9780393021240)
John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.