Gay Lives Paperback by Robert Aldrich

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Gay Lives Paperback by Robert Aldrich

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thames and Hudson (May 16 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0500297177
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780500297179
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 313 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.95 x 2.54 x 20.07 cm

A comprehensive biographical survey from ancient Chinese courtiers to pioneers of gay liberation in the twenty-first century, from the unknowable relationships of the distant past to the frankest affirmations of modern sexual identity.

The exploits of the famous never cease to captivate our imaginations—rulers, artists, explorers, and all the great personalities of history. Yet many quieter lives also have the ability to impress, to teach us something about the remarkable qualities of human nature.

In this book, Robert Aldrich presents a fascinating portrait of gay men and women throughout history that reveals the full diversity of gay lives as lived in their times. He gives a voice to more than seventy people from around the world and all walks of life, from poets, philosophers, and artists to radicals and activists. Along with celebrated names such as Michelangelo, Frederick the Great, and Harvey Milk are lesser-known but no less inspiring individuals: two men of ancient Egypt whose lives were closely linked over four thousand years ago; a Renaissance nun who blurred the boundaries between spiritual and physical love; and “Aimée” and “Jaguar,” whose love defied the death camps of wartime Germany.

Often colorful, occasionally tragic, but all in some way extraordinary, these life stories reflect—and have sometimes helped to shape—contemporary attitudes toward same-sex intimacy.



About Author

Robert Aldrich is professor emeritus of history at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Seduction of the Mediterranean, The Age of Empires, and Colonialism and Homosexuality, and the editor of Gay Life and Culture: A World History.       


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