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Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Paperback)
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Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 19/05/1995
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Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is a fascinating portrait of a gay world that is not supposed to have existed.

Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
ISBN: 9780465026210
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 628 g
Dimensions: 232 x 158 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Monumental...a vital achievement in redefining and reassessing gay history."--Washington Post
"A first-rate book of history...about all urban life, telling us as much about the heterosexual world as about the homosexual one."--New York Times
"Gay New York isn't just the definitive history of gays in New York from 1890 through 1940; it's also a wonderful account of the metropolitan character of modern gayness itself."--L.A. Times
"A brilliant ethnographic analysis."--The Nation
"It's the fun, more than anything--the pleasure, the parties, the high jinks, the sex, and, yes, the love that gay men bear one another--that shines through so brightly...[a book of] erudition, discernment, sympathy, and wit."--New York Observer
"Even if you are not a devotee of theory or history, you will want to read Gay New York for its profusion of anecdotal detail--its coordinates of a Gay Atlantis, a buried city of Everard Baths, Harlem drag balls, and Vaseline alley. Chauncey has found evidence of a gay world whose complexity and cohesion no previous historian dared to imagine."--Wayne Koestenbaum, Los Angeles Times
"One of the most fascinating works of American social history I've ever read."--Frank Rich, New York Times
"A stunning contribution not only to gay history, but to the study of urban life, class, gender--and heterosexuality."--Kirkus
"A brilliantly researched gift of history...unassailable."--Boston Globe
"The impact made by this richly textured study is powerful."--Publisher's Weekly
"Chauncey's genius is the way he combines real lives and theory...a sharp and readable analysis of the way boundaries between 'normal' and 'abnormal' men bent and blurred in the early parts of the century."--Out

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