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A Desired Past

A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America

Leila J. Rupp


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With this book, Leila J. Rupp accomplishes what few scholars have even attempted: she combines a vast array of scholarship on supposedly discrete episodes in American history into an entertaining and entirely readable story of same-sex desire across the country and the centuries.
"Most extraordinary about Leila J. Rupp's indeed short, two-hundred-page history of 'same-sex love and sexuality' is not that it manages to account for such a variety of individuals, races, and classes or take in such a broad chronological and thematic range, but rather that it does all this with such verve, lucidity, and analytical rigor. . . . A]n elegant, inspiring survey." John Howard, "Journal of American History"

University of Chicago Press, 9780226731551, 241pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 1999