Outlaw Marriages

The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-sex Couples

Streitmatter, Rodger

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Outlaw Marriages
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.

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2012
ISBN: 0807003344
Branch Call Number: 306.848 S9156o 2012
Characteristics: xi, 212 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Explores same-sex unions of the past, some of them well- known, like Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and others less familiar.

Explores same-sex unions of the past, some of them well- known, like Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, and others less familiar.

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Apr 05, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was curious about this book from the title. Having grown up in the 50's, I knew little about gay relationships. I have to agree with Thorinbear. It is not a book I would enthusiastically recommend.

Dec 06, 2012
  • Thorinbear99 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Does nothing more then rehash tired sterotypes as gays being nothing more then artsy/lit types and lesibians as social crusaders for women only. There is no real other ancedoatal evidence that these men/women lives were better off in these relationships. The evidence seems to indicate otherwise. The writing is deeply biased.

Dec 06, 2012
  • LaughingOne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved reading about these "outlaws"! Some were a surprise to me but others I already knew were queer. How they lived and managed their lives, and how open or not they were about their relationships was fascinating to read about. Many thanks to Roger Streitmatter for putting this book, these stories, together for us.


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