On Being Different

What It Means to Be A Homosexual

Miller, Merle

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
On Being Different
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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," the article was developed into the remarkable short book On Being Different - one of the earliest memoirs to affirm the importance of coming out. 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 novel A Gay and Melancholy Sound and Plain Speaking, a biography of Harry S Truman. Dan Savage is the internationally syndicated columnist of 'Savage Love' and the author of several books. Charles Kaiser is an author, journalist and blogger. His books include 1968 in America and The Gay Metropolis.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2012
ISBN: 0143106961
9780143106968
Branch Call Number: 306.766 M6493o 2012
Characteristics: xvi, 74 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Kaiser, Charles
Savage, Dan

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Originally published in 1971, Merle Miller's On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being homosexual in the United States.


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Feb 02, 2013
  • sneha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must read for everyone. The appendices add further insight to the original essay.

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