Love in A Dark Time

Love in A Dark Time

And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature

Book - 2001
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In Love in a Dark Time, Colm Tóibín appraises the life and work of nine highly influential writers and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. These were figures for whom being gay seemed to come second in their public lives, either by choice or by necessity -- but in their private lives, in their own spirit, the laws of desire changed everything.

From Oscar Wilde, born in the 1850s, to Pedro Almodovar, born a hundred years later, this book studies how a changing world altered gay lives in ways both subtle and profound. Tóibín is drawn with sympathetic fascination to each of his subjects: to Elizabeth Bishop and her artistic triumph over her demons; to James Baldwin, whose own agent advised him to burn the manuscript for Giovanni's Room; to Francis Bacon for his refusal to play the role of the "tragic queer"; to unlovable Thomas Mann, victim of his biographers. Colm Tóibín interweaves close reading of the artist's work with detailed analysis of the personality behind it to illuminating effect.
Publisher: Toronto : M & S, c2001.
ISBN: 9780771085802
Branch Call Number: 809. 93353 TOI
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 19, 2016

This book essentially read to me as a collection of essays about writers and artists who happen to be homosexual and how their sexuality manifested itself in their respective creative endeavours. Many had Irish origins/connections as does the author. Enjoyed the book finding it empathetic and enlightening although a little scholarly. I wasn't familiar with some of the subjects or their work so read it with Wikipedia as a reference. Especially enjoyed the last essay "Goodbye to Catholic Ireland."

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