The collection consists of writings, correspondence, personal papers, printed material, photographs, artwork, professional papers, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other papers documenting the work and life of Samuel R. Gay readers moved on from novels to Facebook and YouTube, just like everyone else. Bram is particularly good on the transplanted-to-California British-born Isherwoodwho emerges as one of the quiet heroes of this narrative. What most gays wanted, it transpired, was what everybody else wanted: In conversations with friends and editors, Vidal discussed the phenomenon of a gayer post-war society and was encouraged to write about it. There's also an epilogue to bring us up to the present.
No doubt, there are plenty of quibbles and criticisms that can be offered.
So Famous and So Gay
The other pre-gay movement literary work of special note is Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man But the point is, Bram covers most of the ground, and does so intelligently. A revolution sparked by mere words? There is nothing coy about the homosexual imagery. Further to the provision of the Personal Information Protection Act, personal information is kept confidential by TheTyee. Daily Weekly National weekly Subscribe now. One New York Times reviewer granted that Bram's book deserves "a prominent place" in the window of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, the first gay bookstore in New York, but cattily added, "alas, the store closed in -- once vitally necessary, now made obsolete by its own success.
This book is about gayness overlooked and gay lives lovingly, materially recovered. After all, as gay poet W. Vidal circulated in the bohemian literary circle of Anais Nin, an experimental writer whose name was associated with that of the scandalous Henry Miller. As for White, his best work lay just ahead of him. Bram, as do I, thinks that Isherwood is underrated, compared, say, to his famous friend, poet W.