The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag: And Other Intimate Literary Portraits of the Bohemian Era (Living Out: Gay & Lesbian Autobiographies)

The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag: And Other Intimate Literary Portraits of the Bohemian Era (Living Out: Gay & Lesbian Autobiographies)

By: Edward Field (author)Hardback

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This book opens the closet door on postwar Bohemia. Long before Stonewall, young Air Force veteran Edward Field, fresh from combat in WWII, threw himself into New York's literary bohemia, searching for fulfillment as a gay man and poet. In this vivid account of his avant-garde years in Greenwich Village and the Bohemian outposts of Paris's Left Bank and Tangier - where you could write poetry, be radical, and be openly gay - Field opens the closet door to reveal, as never seen before, some of the most important writers of his time. Here are young, beautiful Susan Sontag sitting at the feet of her idol Alfred Chester, who shrewdly plotted to marry her; May Swenson and her two loves; Paul and Jane Bowles in their ambiguous marriage; Frank O'Hara in and out of bed; Fritz Peters, the anointed son of Gurdjieff; and James Baldwin, Isabel Miller (Patience and Sarah), Tobias Schneebaum, Robert Friend, and many others. With its intimate portraits, Field's memoir brings back a forgotten era - postwar Bohemia - bawdy, comical, romantic, sad, and heroic.

About Author

Edward Field's poetry collections include Lamont Award - winner Stand Up, Friend, With Me; Counting Myself Lucky: Selected Poems, 1963 - 1992, which won a Lambda Literary Award; and A Frieze for a Temple of Love. Field is the editor of the Alfred Chester Newsletter, and with his partner, Neil Derrick, is coauthor of the novel The Villagers. Field received a Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780299213206
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780299213206
  • ISBN10: 029921320X

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