• Gay New York

  • Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940
  • By: George Chauncey
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Gay New York

By: George Chauncey
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
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The award-winning, field-defining history of gay life in New York City in the early to mid-20th century

Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Drawing on a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, George Chauncey constructs a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cohesive gay world that is not supposed to have existed. Called "monumental" (Washington Post), "unassailable" (Boston Globe), "brilliant" (The Nation), and "a first-rate book of history" (The New York Times), Gay New York forever changed how we think about the history of gay life in New York City, and beyond.

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Critic Reviews

"Monumental...a vital achievement in redefining and reassessing gay history." (Washington Post

"One of the most fascinating works of American social history I've ever read." (Frank Rich, New York Times)

"A first-rate book of history...about all urban life, telling us as much about the heterosexual world as about the homosexual one." (New York Times

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An Eye Opening History!

As a middle aged American it would seem a basic understanding of history might be mine. Further as a gay man having once lived in NYC I thought this book would reinforce what I already knew. Rather it exposed how little I, and indeed civilization in general know about Gay culture in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Eye opening! Amazing!

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Crucial Queer history

There was so much of this historical account that felt so familiar. Not only does it provide a distilled look at what was, it shows how history is and might repeat itself.

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