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The Violet Quill Reader: The Emergence of Gay Writing After Stonewall
The Violet Quill Club brought together the finest and most important gay writers to emerge after the Stonewall riots. Edmund White, Andrew Holleran, Robert Ferro, Michael Grumley, Felice Picano, George Whitmore, and Christopher Cox--these are the writers whose novels, plays, short stories, essays, and journalism defined what it was to be gay before that first announcement ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press
(first published 1994)
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Mar 28, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
There have been various criticisms of the Violet Quill, a group of seven gay male writers (Edmund White, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Robert Ferro, Michael Grumley, George Whitmore, and Christopher Cox) that met about 8 times total in 1980 and 1981 in New York City to share and critique each other’s work. Some critics, such as writer Dennis Cooper, have stated that academics and historians are making a mountain out of a molehill, vastly over-stating the Quill’s importance; while others, parti ...more
As in the case of most anthologies this one is uneven in writing styles. What it does well is that it tells a consistent story of Pre-and Post-AIDS writing in the gay male community. Many of the books mentioned in this anthology are no longer in print so it is the only way to read these writers. As four of the seven writers died of AIDS at the high point of the epidemic these pieces are important so for that reason. To be able to write coherently while suffering a debilitating illness takes a lo ...more
I was lent this book a while ago before I was familiar with most of the authors associated with The Violet Quill. So my first impression of this book was an uninformed one. Now that I've been exposed to Andrew Holleran, Edmund White, and Felice Picano, I have an enormous amount of respect for this group and I find Mr. Bergman's book to be fascinating and insightful. It's rather sad that many of the authors from The Violet Quill have passed on, but it is wonderful that Mr. Bergman has memorialize ...more