The Martin Duberman Reader

The Martin Duberman Reader

The Essential Historical, Biographical, and Autobiographical Writings

By Martin Duberman

New Press, Paperback, 9781595586797, 374pp.

Publication Date: May 2013


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.

About the Author
Martin Duberman is distinguished professor emeritus of history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he founded the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the first university-based LGBT research center in the United States. He is the author of more than twenty books, including three memoirs about his experience as a politically active gay man, and "The Martin Duberman Reader" (2013). A finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Duberman has received a Bancroft Prize, two Lambda Literary Awards, the American Historical Association s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Publishing Triangle s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2012, Amherst College presented Duberman with an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

Praise For The Martin Duberman Reader

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."
—Jonathan Kozol

"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."
—Doug Ireland

"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."
—Howard Zinn