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On Being Different

What It Means to Be A Homosexual
Miller, Merle (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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The groundbreaking work on being homosexual in AmericaOriginally published in 1971, On Being Different is a pioneering and thought-provoking book about being gay in America. Just two years after the Stonewall riots, Miller wrote an 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. Miller's writing, described as 'the most widely read and discussed essay of the decade,' along with an afterword chronicling his inspiration and readers' responses, became On Being Different--one of the earliest memoirs to affirm the importance of coming out. This updated edition includes a foreword by Dan Savage and an afterword by Charles Kaiser to highlight the impact of Miller's classic work.'Forty years later, the story Millers tells remains important and necessary to read, not only for both gay and straight readers to understand 'the way it used to be,' but because the issues Miller raised are still being discussed and argued about.' Nancy Pearl'[Miller] bridged the gap between the 'straights' and the 'gays' in a way that few recent writers on the subject have done. He also put himself on the line as a well-known writer, who was not afraid to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality.' Publishers Weekly
Authors: Miller, Merle, 1919-1986
Title: On being different
what it means to be a homosexual
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2012
Characteristics: xvi, 74 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Merle Miller ; foreword by Dan Savage ; afterword by Charles Kaiser
Contents: Foreword / by Dan Savage
Acknowledgments
A note on the text. On being different : what it means to be a homosexual, January 1971
Afterword, May 1971
Afterword / by Charles Kaiser
Appendices
A: Miller's reply to a friend who was critical of the article
B: Miller's letter to his former wife, Elinor
Ralph Martin's obituary for Miller
Fragments from Frank Kameny's foreword to On being different
Notes
Additional Contributors: Kaiser, Charles
Savage, Dan
ISBN: 0143106961
9780143106968
Branch Call Number: 306.766 M6493o 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Homosexuality
Topical Term: Homosexuality
LCCN: 2012023606
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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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