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C.W. Eckersberg, Two Shepherds, 1812-1813 (National Gallery of Denmark)

Alec by William di Canzio Retells Forster’s Classic Gay Novel Maurice From the Gamekeeper’s Point of View

by E.M. Forster is among the greatest gay novels of all time. Set in England about 1912, it tells the story of the young, gay stockbroker Maurice Hall, who meets and falls in love with the servant Alec Scudder while at a country house party. Notably for early gay novels, the story ends happily, with Alec telling Maurice, “Now we shan’t be parted no more, and that’s finished.” Forster completed the manuscript in 1914, but it was only published in 1971, after his death.

In , playwright William di Canzio has written Scudder’s story, from childhood to his meeting Maurice to the trenches of World War I...  >> Read more >>

Unknown artist, "Sinking of the Titanic," after 1912 (Smithsonian Institution)

Gay Party Boat Sinks Amid Pandemic

With COVID case numbers more than six times their spring peak—and a new, more contagious variant on the loose—gay revelers traveled to Mexico for a New Year’s extravaganza organized by Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party Entertainment. While it is too early to know whether the event will become a superspreader, as the Los Angeles Blade called it, not all went according to plan: An afternoon cruise on the PV Delice (“men only” and “clothing optional”) turned to mayhem when the boat capsized and sank; all passengers and crew are believed to have been rescued uninjured. (It is unclear whether the cruise was part of the White Party or was a separate event.)..  >> Read more >>

American Library Association, World War I poster, 1918

Holiday Book List · 2020

Art

Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero

Everyone knows Tom of Finland’s work even if they don’t know his name. With his iconic pencil drawings of leatherbound and uniformed muscle hunks with oversized phalli, Tom both embodied and helped shape the aesthetic of a generation. This new edition of Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero makes a selection of his works from the 1940s to the 1980s available in beautiful coffee table format, including many explicit and color images that were not included in the original 1993 printing.

Photography

Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s–1950s

This beautiful volume showcases hundreds of historical photographs of male couples from the collection of Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell.

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William Hogarth, The Industrious 'Prentice a Favourite, and entrusted by his Master, 1747

A Gay Tale of 18th-Century London

molly n. A Miss Molly; an effeminate fellow, a sodomite. —Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd ed., 1788)

In Joseph Chapman: My Molly Life, James Lovejoy has given us an entertaining and often sobering tale of gay life in eighteenth-century London—a queer Dickens, though set in the reign of George III (1760–1820) rather than that of Victoria (1837–1901).

Born to a waterman and his prize-fighting wife, Joe is orphaned at the age of 16 after his father and then mother die. He is sent to a miserable school for “unfortunate boys,” where he falls in love with another student, nicknamed Chowder...  >> Read more >>

Achilles mourns the death of Patroclus

A Stirring Gay Romance of Ancient Greece

The tale of Achilles and Patroclus, first recounted by Homer in the Iliad, is one of the great archetypes of male friendship. It has been told many times since, most recently by the gifted novelist Madeline Miller in her bestseller The Song of Achilles.

Achilles was one of the great heroes of the Greeks in the war against the Trojans, which started after the Trojan prince Paris abducted Helen, wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. As told in the Iliad, the war has dragged on for many years, when Agamemnon, king of the Greeks, takes from Achilles a Trojan maiden named Briseis, who had been awarded to him as a spoil of war...  >> Read more >>