The Double Life of Charles Warren Stoddard
A biography of a homosexual writer by a gay literary historian, this book offers not only the first published life of Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909), but also a wealth of new material on the formation of gender roles in late nineteenth-century America.
"A major contribution to the study of homosexuality and masculinity in American literature and society. Austen's work makes an absorbing narrative, raising many questions about the nature of homosexual desire and its management in the nineteenth century."—Robert K. Martin
"A fascinating double portrait of two pioneers. . . . Crowley deserves to be thanked by everyone in the academy, for with grace, sensitivity, and decency, he has brought to completion an admirable work that would have been otherwise lost. Written 'in the spirit of Stonewall rather than of Foucault,' Genteel Pagan is a model of clarity, intensity, and compassion."—David Bergman
"Once you read Genteel Pagan, you will never be able to forget the presence of gay men in the American past. Stoddard is our man in the 19th century, and it is good, at last, to have one."—Lambda Book Report
"Austen has made a lasting contribution to literary history with this biography."—San Francisco Review of Books