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A Gay Century: Volume One: 1900–1962 - 10 unreliable vignettes of Lesbian and Gay Life - cover

A Gay Century: Volume One: 1900–1962 - 10 unreliable vignettes of Lesbian and Gay Life

Peter Scott-Presland

Publisher: The Conrad Press

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Summary

‘A Gay Century: Vol 1’ is a canter through 60 years of gay history in ten serious or comic playlets.

Wilde’s deathbed encounter with Queen Victoria; the theft of the Irish crown jewels by a sadomasochistic cabal in Dublin Castle; Compton Mackenzie demanding of the Home Secretary that his own lesbian novel be prosecuted like ‘The Well of Loneliness’, because he needs the money; matinee idol Ivor Novello sharing a cell in Wandsworth with teenage psycho ‘Mad’ Frankie Fraser; the Jeremy Thorpe/Norman Scott affair seen through the eyes of the dogs involved, etc. etc.  A sideways look at our queer past offers vivid vignettes which may or may not be true - and if they’re not, they ought to be.

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