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Robb, Graham. STRANGERS: HOMOSEXUAL LOVE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 342 pages. As New/As New.

Book-length historical study on subject. One of the most important literary and cultural events of the year 2003. The first appearance of the title in the United States. "The nineteenth century was the Golden Age for people known variously as sodomites, Uranians, monosexuals, and homosexuals. Long before Stonewall and Gay Pride, there was such a thing as gay culture, and it was recognized throughout Europe and America. Examines how homosexuals were treated by society and finds a tale of surprising tolerance. He describes the lives of gay men and women: How they discovered their sexuality and accepted or disguised it; how they came out; how they made contact with like-minded people. He also includes a fascinating investigation of the homosexuality of such famous nineteenth-century sleuths as Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes. Addresses crucial questions of gay culture, including the riddle of its relationship to religion. A landmark work, full of wisdom, fresh research, and surprises" (Publisher's blurb). If Robb's thesis is right, the lives of homosexuals in the West have not gotten better at all, and may have actually gotten worse, in the light of a more tolerant and now-distant past. Graham Robb is the critically acclaimed author of biographies of Victor Hugo, Balzac, and most notably, Rimbaud, which was selected by The New York Times as one of the Best Books of the Year 2000. A tour-de-force. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time. This is one of relatively few copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. 32 photographic and pictorial plates. One of the finest living social historians. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO JOHN R. CLARKE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 039302038X. $20.00

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