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The gay fireside companion

1st U.S. ed.
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This edition was published in by Alyson Publications in Boston, Mass.

Written in English

286 pages

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This lighthearted book is enjoyable and informational, as well as easy to read. I completely agree with the author’s statement in the foreword that this “book is meant to be an offbeat reference book that is meant to provide entertainment.”

The entries are arranged in alphabetical order, but there is no index to cross reference the entries to each other. For instance, the entries for Willa Cather and Leonard Matlovich can only be found under the heading “Graves of Famous Gay People in the U.S.” Entries range from single paragraphs about famous people whose sexuality was suppressed from the public literature up to 6 pages for a historical look at drag. Many of the short entries contain interesting lesbian and gay trivia, of the “did you know … ” variety, while longer entries offer a synopsis from a historical perspective. Numerous quotations and quips are also included from people who have commented on homosexuality, or whose words and deeds had an impact on gays and lesbians, or on society’s concepts of sexuality (such as Christine Jorgensen and Karl Menninger).

Unfortunately, the bulk of Rutledge’s entries lack any mention of a citation to turn to for further research. Although this is a very enlightening and fun to read book, it offers little information that could be of unique value to a researcher. This book will receive a warm reception from casual readers, and from people in need of some “coming out” literature, since it gives brief profiles of famous people from across the ages.

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1990, Alyson
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1989, Alyson Publications
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From GLBT Reviews:

This lighthearted book is enjoyable and informational, as well as easy to read. I completely agree with the author’s statement in the foreword that this “book is meant to be an offbeat reference book that is meant to provide entertainment.”

The entries are arranged in alphabetical order, but there is no index to cross reference the entries to each other. For instance, the entries for Willa Cather and Leonard Matlovich can only be found under the heading “Graves of Famous Gay People in the U.S.” Entries range from single paragraphs about famous people whose sexuality was suppressed from the public literature up to 6 pages for a historical look at drag. Many of the short entries contain interesting lesbian and gay trivia, of the “did you know … ” variety, while longer entries offer a synopsis from a historical perspective. Numerous quotations and quips are also included from people who have commented on homosexuality, or whose words and deeds had an impact on gays and lesbians, or on society’s concepts of sexuality (such as Christine Jorgensen and Karl Menninger).

Unfortunately, the bulk of Rutledge’s entries lack any mention of a citation to turn to for further research. Although this is a very enlightening and fun to read book, it offers little information that could be of unique value to a researcher. This book will receive a warm reception from casual readers, and from people in need of some “coming out” literature, since it gives brief profiles of famous people from across the ages.

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Library of Congress HQ76 .R89 1989
Dewey 305.38/9664/03

The gay fireside companion

1st U.S. ed.

This edition was published in by Alyson Publications in Boston, Mass.


Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
305.38/9664/03
Library of Congress
HQ76 .R89 1989

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2229886M
Internet Archive
gayfiresidecompa00rutl
ISBN 10
1555831648
LC Control Number
89083303
OCLC/WorldCat
21672154
Library Thing
271025
Goodreads
2236107

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