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Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America

Jaime Harker


How could one write about gay life for the mainstream public in Cold War America? Many midcentury gay American writers, hampered by external and internal censors, never managed to do it. But Christopher Isherwood did, and what makes his accomplishment more remarkable is that while he was negotiating his identity as a gay writer, he was reinventing himself as an American one. This book shows that Isherwood refashioned himself as an American writer following his emigration from England by immersing himself in the gay reading, writing, and publishing communities in Cold War America. Drawing exten ... More

Keywords: gay life, Cold War America, gay American writers, Christopher Isherwood, gay writer, postwar novels, middlebrow camp, gay fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679133
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaime Harker, author