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Eminent Outlaws by Christopher Bram
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Mar 20, 12

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

Eminent Outlaws is an excellent critical survey of the most important gay male American writers from 1948 to 2000, for those who've read virtually all these writers (as have I) and for those only vaguely familiar with them. I wish he had included more writers, for example, the poet, Edward Field, and the playwright/actor, Harvey Fierstein, and I would have liked something on the memoir as a gay genre. He does cover Isherwood's memoir, Christopher and His Kind, but there's no discussion of the AIDS memoirs of, for example, Paul Monette and Mark Doty. However, he doesn't intend to be all-inclusive, and I thoroughly enjoyed this highly readable book, even on the very few occasions when I didn't agree with Bram. This book really is a must-read.
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