OUTLAW MARRIAGES:


OUTLAW MARRIAGES:

RODGER STREITMATTER    Book Number: 87590    Product format: Paperback

Long before gay marriage was on the agenda, thousands of same-sex couples formed enduring and loving relationships, usually without being able to admit the sexual basis of what officially passed as friendship. This fascinating book tells the story of fifteen high-profile couples whose partnerships enriched their public achievements. Walt Whitman was already one of America's greatest poets when he met Peter Doyle, a streetcar conductor. Within minutes they had made physical contact in a relationship that was to last until the end of Whitman's life and which is credited with inspiring his poem to Abraham Lincoln, "Oh Captain! My Captain!", since Doyle had been an eyewitness to Lincoln's assassination. James Baldwin's novels express the experience of a black gay man in a white heterosexual society, but it was only after he fell in love with the painter Lucien Happersberger that he had the emotional security to write of his experiences from the heart. Again the attraction was immediate, even though there was initially a language barrier. Perhaps the most famous of lesbian relationships was that of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, the well-connected bohemian who introduced her lover to Paris's fashionable cultural milieu. Returning to America, they were fêted wherever they went, including the White House, with the public managing to look the other way where their relationship was concerned. Greta Garbo and Mercedes De Acosta, on the other hand, were a secretive couple, but the aristocratic Mercedes gave Garbo the social skills she needed in the world of Hollywood. Other couples include Rauschenberg and Johns, Merchant and Ivory, Copland and Kraft. 210pp, paperback, photos.
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ISBN 9780807003428
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