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Ott 5, 2006, 3:33pm

anyone got any suggestions on books dealing with early (pre-wwii) gay movements, especially outside germany and britain?

Ott 6, 2006, 11:23am

You might want to check out Gay New York by George Chauncey.

Ott 7, 2006, 8:00am

thanks, i'll get it on my next trip to the library!

but when i'm done with that, are there any studies on french, dutch, spanish or italian movements worth reading?

Modificato: Apr 13, 2007, 8:47pm

For gay life in Russia before the 1917 revolution and right afterwards, I would recommend the Malmstad-Bogomolov biography of the openly gay poet Mikhail Kuzmin -- Mikhail Kuzmin: A Life in Art, which gives a marvelous picture of the vibrant world of fin de siècle St. Petersburg, through the Stalinist repression of the 1930s.

Lug 27, 2008, 4:04am

There was no gay movement in Spain previous to the 70s.

The best (only?) book about the homosexual culture in Spain during the 20th c. is De Sodoma a Chueca: una historia cultural de la homosexualidad en España en el siglo XX from Alberto Mira Nouselles. AFAIK it has not been translated into English.

Ago 13, 2008, 11:11pm


and maybe it's not really dealing with the gay "movement", but i just stumbled across this, which seems like a good read: "'los invisibles' : a history of male homosexuality in spain, 1850-1940" by richard cleminson and francisco vasquez garcia.

Ago 14, 2008, 4:14pm

Parrhesiastes, thanks for listing 'Los Invisibles'! Looks quite fascinating and I've put it on my wishlist (although, given the $85 price tag, I'll probably be borrowing this from the library rather than purchasing it!)

Ago 20, 2008, 5:01pm

Thanks for the tip. I had never seen that book before. I am buying it! :)

I have also discovered (and bought) lately "Amor sáfico e socrático" (1922) from Arlindo Camilo Monteiro. Supposedly it has some history about Portuguese and Spanish "sodomy". I'll be reading it in September.

You can also find some good information online at "La senda escondida" (http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/DEISENBE/Other_Hispanic_Topics/escondida.pdf) It takes a special interest on literature.

Ott 14, 2012, 4:41pm

well, there is Lorca

Ott 14, 2012, 4:42pm

I suppose it depends on how far back before WW2 you want to go, there is quite a bit on the middle ages.... a collection in Gays the Word bookshop, and the whole point of library thing is how to do searches.

Ott 16, 2012, 6:37am

As far as England is concerned, you'll find a number of books in my library dealing with the life of homosexual men before WWII, such as those by Michael Goodich, Rictor Norton, Michael Mason, Alan Bray, and Martin B Duberman. But I'm not sure there really a gay movement as such before 1957 when the Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution resulted in the foundation of the Homosexual Law Reform Society. The HLRS wasn't a gay organisation itself, but it provided the context in which the first ones could develop.

Ott 19, 2012, 9:46am

What constittues a "gay movement" seems to me a really interesting quetion. I've been documenting antequeerians on a variety of social media before Library Thing came along, or in this form, where it seems to me there is a continuity of concepts from the classical, ancient Greek and Roman, through to the Elizabethan, then on through Handel, Gay Burlignton, and on to Pater, Symonds, then Shannon and Ricketts, with Wilde and Gide, and by that time we are just about in recorded history. Richtor Norton had a lot of this by 1974 and I didn't even know he had done it, despite David having been active in LfSC (that might grep, but its history needs to be written again, Librarians for Social Change).

The scroll of On the Road is on display in the British Library at the moment along with some books on Kerouac, Ginsberg and so forth and that rather reawakened how that movement, before Stonewall, was documented and catalogued by librarians, which was part of the 1975 matter of the first exhibition on the literature of Gay Liberation, corated by Richard Tarry in Islington Public Library, not unrecently the case of a bacon sandwich matter, aka Joe. Recently there was an exhibition of their artworks in books, I hadn't realised how much more than a bacon sandwich it had been.

There are three threads here, perhaps they should have been disconnected posts.