Links to Reviews of Biographies of Gays and Lesbians

(See also: Links to Reviews of Books on Gay and Lesbian History)

LATEST ADDITIONS (updated 25 May 2009)

  • Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham (London: Verso, 2008). Reviews: by Coim Toibin; in the Guardian
  • William Empson: Among the Mandarins by John Haffenden (Oxford University Press, 2005). Life of the poet and literary critic, but rather reticent about his homosexuality. Review in the Observer

  • Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World, by Kathryn Shevelow (Henry Holt & Company, 2005). A biography of the cross-dressing actress Charlotte Charke (1713-1760). Review in the New York Times
  • The Letters of Lytton Strachey, ed. Paul Levy (Viking, 2005). Reviews in the Guardian.
  • Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote edited by Gerald Clarke (Random House, 2004). Introduction and Reviews
  • ACKERLEY, J.R.. Review of a biography of and books by Joe Ackerley
  • AUDEN, W.H. Long review by James Fenton of Auden's poetry, focusing on his relationship with his lover Chester Kallman
  • BACON, Sir Francis. Compendium review of several biographies of Sir Francis Bacon
  • BALDWIN, James: Review of his life and work by Colm Tóibín
  • BERNERS, Lord. Compendium review of various works by Lord Berners
  • Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas by Douglas Murray.
  • Byron: Life and Legend by Fiona MacCarthy. Review by Christopher Hitchens
  • CARAVAGGIO. Compendium review of various biographies of Caravaggio

  • COLETTE. Review of two biographies of Colette

  • Dirty Pictures: Tom of Finland, Masculinity and Homosexuality by Micha Ramakers.

  • Eminent Maricones by Jaime Manrique, about famous Hispanic gay men such as Manuel Puig, Reinaldo Arenas and Federico Garcia Lorca. Review. Full text of Chapter One, and extract about Reinaldo Arenas.

  • Handel as Orpheus by Ellen Harris, which demonstrates that Handel wrote his early cantatas for homosexual patrons and that they can be read as homosexual works, and suggests that Handel, who never married, might have been gay.

  • HOUSMAN, A.E. Perceptive biography of A.E. Housman, and a critique of Tom Stoppard's play contrasting Housman and Wilde, The Invention of Love
  • Mikhail Kuzmin: A Life in Art by John E. Malmstad and Mikolay Bogomolov.
  • LEAR — Edward Lear: The Complete Verse ed. by Vivien Noakes, who seems to abandon the argument in her earlier biography that Lear was homosexual.
  • Lorca and Censorship: The Gay Artist Made Heterosexual by Daniel Eisenberg
  • Lorca: A Dream of Life by Leslie Stainton
  • The Lord Cornbury Scandal: The Politics of Reputation in British America by Patricia U. Bonomi, a study of the supposed portrait of the governor of New York and New Jersey from 1702 to 1708 in women's clothing.
  • Somerset Maugham by Jeffrey Meyers (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004). Review of the new biography that gives detailed information about Maugham's many homosexual affairs.
  • MONTGOMERY — The Full Monty by Nigel Hamilton. The reviewer is not convinced that Montgomery, the military hero, was a repressed homosexual, but Hamilton says his letters make his homoerotic inclinations clear.

  • NIETZSCHE, Frederich: Review of Zarathustra's Secret: The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche by Joachim Köhler which suggests Nietzsche's philosophy was based on his secret homosexuality. Another review.
  • Oscar Wilde's Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the Most Outrageous Trial of the Century, by Philip Hoare, about the actress Maud Allen, accused of being a lesbian. Also first chapter of Oscar Wilde's Last Stand.
  • PORTER, Cole Review of Cole Porter: A Biography by William McBrien.
  • RATTIGAN, Terence Review of the biography by Michael Darlow
  • Sappho: Collective review of If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson (Virago, 2004), The Sappho History by Margaret Reynolds (Palgrave, 2004), and Sappho's Leap by Erica Jong (Norton, 2004).
  • The Sappho Companion by Margaret Reynolds.
  • Lesbian Desire in the Lyrics of Sappho by Jane McIntosh Snyder (Columbia University Press, 1997). Review from Gay Today. Bryn Mawr review.
  • SHAKESPEARE Review of The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Helen Vendler
  • SHELLEY: Was Percy Bysshe Shelley Gay? by John Lauritsen
  • WHALE, James. Compendium review of various biographies of Whale, including Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-1998 by David Ehrenstein
  • WILDE, Oscar Review of several books about Wilde, focusing on his conviction for homosexual offences. And The Importance of Posing as Oscar in which Eric Bentley discusses biographies of Wilde by Richard Ellman, Gary Schmidgall and Barbara Belford, and also two biographies of Alfred, Lord Douglas

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