The Martin Duberman Reader
The Essential Historical, Biographical, and Autobiographical Writings
By Martin Duberman
(New Press, The, Paperback, 9781595586797, 336pp.)
Publication Date: May 2013
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For the past fifty years, prize-winning historian Martin Duberman’s groundbreaking writings have established him as one of our preeminent public intellectuals. Founder of the first graduate program in LGBT studies in the country, he is perhaps best known for his biographies of Paul Robeson, Lincoln Kirstein, and Howard Zinnworks that have been hailed as magnificent” (USA Today), enthralling” (The Washington Post), splendid” and definitive” (Studs Terkel, Chicago Sun-Times), and refreshing and inspiring” (The New York Times).
Duberman is also an equally gifted playwright and essayist, whose piercingly honest memoirs Cures and Midlife Queer have been called witty and searingly candid” (Publishers Weekly), wrenchingly eloquent” (Newsday), and a moving chronicle” (The Nation). His writings have explored the shocking attempts by the medical establishment to cure” homosexuality; Stonewall, before and after; the age of AIDS; the struggle for civil rights; the fight for economic and racial justice; and Duberman’s vision for reclaiming a radical queer past from the creeping centrism of the gay movement.
The Martin Duberman Reader assembles the core of Duberman’s most important writings, offering a wonderfully comprehensive overview of our lives and timesand giving us a crucial touchstone for a new generation of activists, scholars, and readers.
Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the CUNY Graduate School, where he founded and for a decade directed the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. The author of more than twenty books, Duberman has won a Bancroft Prize and been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.
Praise for Martin Duberman:
"A deeply moral and reflective man who has engaged the greatest struggles of our times with an unflinching nerve, a wise heart, and a brilliant intellect."
"Duberman is an unapologetic, uncategorizable, and non-sectarian radical whose constant questioning of conventional wisdoms—even on the left—has made him one of this country's preeminent participants in the political and cultural wars that have riven public life."
"Martin Duberman is known for his unique combination of talents—as a distinguished historian, a talented writer, and an impassioned advocate of gays and other beleaguered members of the human community."