Love Stories by Jonathan Ned Katz
Love Stories - Sex Between Men Before Homosexuality
In Love Stories, Jonathan Ned Katz presents stories of American men’s intimacies with men during the nineteenth century—including those of Abraham Lincoln—drawing flesh-and-blood portraits of intimate friendships and the ways in which men struggled to name, define, and defend their sexual feelings for one another. In a world before "gay" and "straight" referred to sexuality, men like Walt Whitman and John Addington Symonds created new ways to name and conceive of their erotic relationships with other men. Katz, diving into history through diaries, letters, newspapers, and poems, offers us a clearer picture than ever before of how men navigated the uncharted territory of male-male desire.
'History at its best: informative, insightful, at times downright titillating.' - Kirkus Reviews
'Katz has long been recognized as a pioneering gay historian... We read him for his archival work, his gathering together of stories of men, famous and otherwise, who desired men, stories that become bolder and more radical, like a gay coming-out story, as the book progresses.' - Philadelphia Inquirer
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1 June 2003