Outlaw Marriages by Rodger Streitmatter

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9 Critic Reviews

The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many as fifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife.

In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.

Among the high-profile couples whose lives and loves are illuminated in the following pages are Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith, literary icon Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, author James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
 

About Rodger Streitmatter

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Rodger Streitmatter, a former newspaper reporter, is a member of the School of Communication faculty at American University. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his husband, Tom Grooms.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Beacon Press. 225 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gay & Lesbian, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

While his topic undeniably interesting, journalist Streitmatter adheres to his journeyman’s formula too much...oint biographies, rendered in mostly artless prose...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 06 2012

The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.

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Lambda Literary

Excellent
Reviewed by Reginald Harris on Sep 12 2012

While Outlaw Marriages is a quick read, relying mainly on secondary sources, it is well researched and the stories of these couples are fascinating.

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EDGE Boston

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Bliss on May 15 2012

"Outlaw Marriages" is a thoroughly interesting look at gay and lesbian love, life and relationships.

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Dominion of New York

Below average
Reviewed by Joshua Bloodworth on May 14 2012

Anyone fairly conversant with a person profiled in Streitmatter will be disappointed if they are hoping to discover new and interesting facts. Outlaw Marriages contains little to no original research.

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Frontiers L.A.

Excellent
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Jun 18 2012

Let’s start with the bad news: at just over 200 pages, “Outlaw Marriages” is barely longer than a Kardashian wedding. The good news is that it’s just as rich.

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LL Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Amos Lassen on Jul 19 2012

Not only is this a pleasure to read, it also teaches.

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Go Mag

Excellent
Apr 13 2012

...Streitmatter brings fresh insights to his mini-biographies.

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Gay City News

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Ireland on May 10 2012

It is the great merit of “Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples,”...that the enormous contributions of the beloved companions of these and other celebrated figures...are now brought into clear, sharp focus.

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