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    DescriptionAward-winning author Graham Robb explores the story -- and history --of male and female homosexuality in the UK and US, uncovering elements from legislature, literature, medicine and day-to-day life that point to a particularly self-aware and sophisticated culture of Victorian homosexuality. Drawing on famous cases such as the Wilde trials, as well as a wide variety of previously neglected sources, Robb recreates this era with great insight, humour and aplomb, exploding modern myths and restoring the real and vibrant truth of homosexual love to today's readers: Strangers tells a tale that is in part familiar, and in part extremely surprising -- a story of oppression and secrecy, but also of unexpected tolerance and familiarity.

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    Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Robb
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 260 g
    ISBN 13: 9780330482240
    ISBN 10: 0330482246

    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.2
    BISAC V2.8: SOC012000
    BIC subject category V2: JFSK, 3JH
    DC22: 306.76609409034
    BISAC V2.8: SOC017000
    Thema V1.0: JBSJ
    Pan MacMillan
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    Publication date
    05 November 2004
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    Author Information
    Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958. He has published widely in nineteenth-century French literature: his highly acclaimed adaptation of Claude Pichois and Jean Ziegler's biography of Baudelaire appeared in 1989, his biography of Balzac in 1994, his Victor Hugo -- winner of the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Award and the Whitbread Biography Award -- in 1997, and his critically applauded biography of Rimbaud -- shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction -- in 2000. He lives in Oxford.
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    By investigating the obstacles presented to British homosexuality in the 19th century, and the means by which they were circumvented, Robb offers the reader a portrait of a vanished age. In part social history, in part an exploration of ideas, the book rehearses the physiological and psychological theories which were offered in explanation of the phenomenon of same-sex love. Illuminated by literature, law and pharmacological information, this volume is of interest to the specialist and non-specialist alike. Theory is illustrated by interview material or historical documentation including personal letters. Writers cited include, as well as the ubiquitous Oscar Wilde, William Beckford, Goethe, Gogol, Gide and Strindberg. Their work and lives illustrate the range of attitudes to homosexuality found in the 19th century. The final chapter, 'Heroes of Modern Life', takes us through to the 20th century, the theories of Foucault, and the beginning of the gay rights movement, ending with a nod to the gay detective in film and story. (Kirkus UK)