Love Stories by Jonathan Ned Katz
Sex between Men before Homosexuality

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In Love Stories, Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of men's intimacies with men during the nineteenth century--including those of Abraham Lincoln--drawing flesh-and-blood portraits of intimate friendships and the ways in which men struggled to name, define, and defend their sexual feelings for one another. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, men like Walt Whitman and John Addington Symonds created new ways to name and conceive of their erotic relationships with other men. Katz, diving into history through diaries, letters, newspapers, and poems, offers us a clearer picture than ever before of how men navigated the uncharted territory of male-male desire.


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Love Stories is published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Jonathan Ned Katz's first book on sexuality in society and time, the groundbreaking Gay American History (1976). He also authored Gay/Lesbian Almanac (1983), and The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995), among other books and articles.
Published December 14, 2001 by University of Chicago Press. 426 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Although most of Katz’s material concerns personal relationships between men, we do get glimpses into a communal queer culture as well through stories of such institutions as Frank Stevenson’s bar, the Slide, lasciviously dubbed by the New York Press as the “The Wickedest Place in New York.” Hist...

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Forget about the Lincoln Bedroom scandals of the Clinton administration; the real scandal is who was in Lincoln's bed in 1837. This highly provocative, often startling reconsideration of 19th-

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By contextualizing "sexual, acts, sexual desires, sexual identities" in their historical periods, but never avoiding the specifics of sexual activity or emotional connection, he contributes surprising, even shocking, insights into how sexual and emotional relationships are constructed, as well as...

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