- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: The Haworth Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560236655
- ISBN-13: 978-1560236658
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,994,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Legacies of Love: A Heritage of Queer Bonding 1st Edition
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"If you're looking for a staid scholarly analysis of gay lovers in history, pass this one by. Winston Wilde has written a fascinating, quirky, lively, and free-wheeling cross-cultural survey of same-sex romantic/erotic partnerships from the earliest days of civilization to the present. Its eccentric encyclopedic structure, reminiscent of Jonathan Katz's Gay American History, turns out to be as insightful as it is compelling. It is an exhaustive study, grouping a vast array of couples into seven intriguing categories of love. Yet it is not exhausting to read at all, because Wilde weaves famous and obscure examples together with spicy anecdotal entries that defy formula at every turn. While his research is thorough and profound, these sometimes sad and often surprising love stories are delivered with delicious doses of personal commentary and wisely selective attention to detail. It is both breathtaking and refreshing to come across references to George Washington Carver as 'the gay African-American who invented peanut butter' or to Abraham Lincoln's assassin as 'homosexual actor John Wilkes Booth.' Wilde is not afraid to be gossipy or opinionated, and that's what makes Legacies of Love the best kind of reference book--one to revisit, not to gather dust." -- Don Shewey, Author, Critic (The Advocate), Editor of Out Front: Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Plays
A RICH COMPENDIUM OF STIRRING VIGNETTES . . . offers a fascinating window into same-sex relationships throughout history. Serious and scholarly, yet written with a lively wit, the book is DESTINED TO BECOME A FAVORITE SOURCE FOR STUDENTS AND THE GENERAL READER ALIKE. The author's unique perspective deepens our understanding of the many permutations that human love and bonding can take. . . . REVOLUTIONARY." -- Mark Thompson, author of Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, Gay Body trilogy
A STRIKING WORK OF BOTH ERUDITION AND ENTERTAINMENT. How rare it is to discover a book that will intrigue readers of the New York Review of Books as much as it will delight those devoted to People magazine. On one level, THIS FASCINATING BOOK IS AN ENCYCLOPEDIC EXPANSION OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LIVES OF SOME OF THE BEST KNOWN PEOPLE IN HISTORY--from Socrates, to Eleanor Roosevelt, to Jane Addams, to J. Edgar Hoover. On another level it is a profoundly original reexamination of love itself and its many manifestations. Dr. Wilde TURNS ON ITS HEAD OUR KNEE-JERK ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE BASIS AND NATURE OF LOVE, as well as what it is exactly that attracts human beings to each other. -- Judith Light, Actor, Producer, Activist
About the Author
Winston Wilde, MA, DHS, is a sexologist and a psychotherapist in private practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Wilde's research includes his pioneering studies into the sexualities of blind persons. He has spoken internationally on the subject of queer love. This volume is the culmination of fourteen years of research.
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The book has many strong points, but I was most moved with the sections that went into detail about a specific relationship, or included a bit of writing by the person being profiled. An engaging and thoroughly researched account of queer bonding/love, Legacies of Love shatters the false and negative notion that love is exclusively heterosexual. It is a true gift to Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender people everywhere who have been searching for the truth of their history of love.