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Gay New York

Gay New York

Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

The award-winning, field-defining history of gay life in New York City in the early to mid-20th century

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. Drawing on a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, George Chauncey constructs a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cohesive gay world that is not supposed to have existed. Called “monumental” (Washington Post), “unassailable” (Boston Globe), “brilliant” (The Nation), and “a first-rate book of history” (The New York Times), Gay New York forever changed how we think about the history of gay life in New York City, and beyond.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Lgbt Studies / Gay Studies

On Sale: August 1st 2008

Price: $15.99 / $19.99 (CDN)

Page Count: 496

ISBN-13: 9780786723355

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"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
"A brilliantly researched gift of history...unassailable."
Boston Globe
"A brilliant ethnographic analysis."—Nation
"A fascinating inventory of a world so long forgotten that it is almost universally believed to have never existed."—New Yorker
"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
"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