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This review is from: MY DEAR BOY: Gay Love Letters Through the Centuries (Paperback)
Not a subject much covered in the gay literature press and certainly a worthy example to have at hand.
I was suprised at who was romancing who. The stuffy world of high-brow Literature has a long standing propensity to cover up references to an author's homosexuality. This book does it's best to unpick that homophobic and re-closeting propensity.The author lists his sources which legitimises many of his 'exposes'. The charge of gossip mongering which the old school Literary homophobe may well place on this book is beaten back by the fact that the sources are all already existent published works of biographical literature. This book just brings together a broad range on intimate and highly romantic expression of sentiment in one compendium.
Perhaps the biggest suprise here is that we seem to have lost access to an entire language of romance which very obviously was once common place as well as the art of letter writing with the arrival of email and SMS texts.
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