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"Contemporary fiction" here means 1950 to, oh, 1975, maybe. A small window, and it's a shame that Adams didn't do his study ten years later, once Stonewall's effects had filtered into the literature and certainly once AIDS changed the whole idea of homosexual heroism. The biggest shame about this book, though, is in its approach—Adams doesn't try to say anything about the homosexual as hero, as his title promises. No theories are put forth; the words "hero" and "heroism" are strangely absent ...more