On Being Different by Merle Miller
What It Means to Be a Homosexual (Penguin Classics)

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The groundbreaking work on being homosexual in America—available again only from Penguin Classics and with a new foreword by Dan Savage

Originally published in 1971, Merle Miller’s On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States. Just two years after the Stonewall riots, Miller wrote a poignant essay for the New York Times Magazine entitled “What It Means To Be a Homosexual” in response to a homophobic article published in Harper’s Magazine. Described as “the most widely read and discussed essay of the decade,” it carried the seed that would blossom into On Being Different—one of the earliest memoirs to affirm the importance of coming out.


About Merle Miller

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MERLE MILLER (1919–1986) was an editor at Harper's Magazine, TIME, and the Nation, and was the bestselling author of several books, including the novels That Winter and A Gay and Melancholy Sound.DAN SAVAGE is the internationally syndicated columnist of “Savage Love.” He is the author of several books including It Gets Better. With Terry Miller, he is the cofounder of the It Gets Better project.CHARLES KAISER is an author, journalist, and blogger. His books include 1968 in America and The Gay Metropolis, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. He lives in New York City.
Published September 25, 2012 by Penguin Classic. 96 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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