The Resource So famous and so gay : the fabulous potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein, Jeff Solomon

So famous and so gay : the fabulous potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein, Jeff Solomon

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So famous and so gay : the fabulous potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein
Title
So famous and so gay
Title remainder
the fabulous potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein
Statement of responsibility
Jeff Solomon
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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. Celebrating lesbian partnership, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was published in 1933 and rocketed Stein, the Jewish lesbian intellectual avant-garde American expatriate, to international stardom and a mass-market readership. Fifteen years later, when Capote published Other Voices, Other Rooms, a novel of explicit homosexual sex and love, his fame itself became famous. Through original archival research, Solomon traces the construction and impact of the writers' public personae from a gay-affirmative perspective. He historically situates author photos, celebrity gossip, and other ephemera to explain how Stein and Capote expressed homosexuality and negotiated homophobia through the fleeting depiction of what could not be directly written--maneuvers that other gay writers such as Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, and James Baldwin could not manage at the time. Finally So Famous and So Gay reveals what Capote's and Stein's debuts, Other Voices, Other Rooms and Three Lives, held for queer readers in terms of gay identity and psychology--and for gay authors who wrote in their wake"--
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DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3505.A59
LC item number
Z878 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
So famous and so gay : the fabulous potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein, Jeff Solomon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
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online resource
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Prologue: Beneath the Mask; Introduction: Stein and Capote in Theory; PART I. TRUMAN CAPOTE: "HERE WAS THIS LITTLE CREATURE"; 1. Young, Effeminate, and Strange: The Debut of Truman Capote; 2. Capote, Forster, and the Trillings: Homophobia and Literary Culture at Midcentury; PART II. GERTRUDE STEIN: A FURTHER ORDER OF STRANGE; 3. Gertrude Stein, Opium Queen: Notes on a Mistaken Embrace; 4. Gertrude Stein in Life and TIME: A Respectable Commodity; 5. Three Lesbian Lives: A Map of Same-Sex Passion; 6. Coda: Janet Malcolm and Woody Allen Adrift in the Past
Control code
ocn983796120
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781452915661
Lccn
2017019345
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)983796120
  • jstor1452915660

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