A Queer Love Story chronicles the poignant, incisive exchanges and intimate friendship that developed between Jane Rule, lesbian novelist and essayist, and Rick Bebout, gay journalist and activist, as they reflected on and participated in the key issues and events that shaped LGBT communities in the '80s and '90s.
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Marilyn R. Schuster was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Smith College and has been professor and provost emerita since 2015. Her research and writing focuses on contemporary writers such as Jane Rule, Marguerite Duras, and Monique Wittig, and she is the author of Marguerite Duras Revisited and Passionate Communities: Reading Lesbian Resistance in Jane Rule's Fiction. She lives in Oakland, California.
Rick Bebout was the editor of the hugely influential Body Politic, "the magazine of record for the activities and development of the gay liberation movement across the country." He was born in Ayer, Massachusetts, and came to Canada at age nineteen in 1969. He died in Toronto in 2009.
Jane Rule was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and moved to Canada in 1956. She died at her home on Galiano Island in 2007 at the age of seventy-six. She was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 1998, and into the Order of Canada in 2007. She wrote fourteen books, including Desert of the Heart (1964), which was turned into the movie Desert Hearts.
Foreword / Margaret Atwood
1981 "Any question of such censorship"
1982 "An odd flu"
1983 "It's raining men"
1984 "Moved by a stranger"
1985 "Why is a star a word for the exceptional?"
1986 "What is it we want when we want sex?"
1987 "Life and its sheer wonder"
1988 "Loving is a way of being"
1990 "The dying of the light"
1991 "There is no fault"
1992 "A lesbian in the '40s"
1993 "It's all right (even useful) to write drunk, as long as one edits sober"
1994 "I accept this degree"
1995 "A public space for our views and values"
The Last Chapter "I will do my best to live up to you"
... a fin-de-siecle dialogue of bicoastal and pan-Canadian sensibilities, A Queer Love Story is a tribute to exemplary citizenship and the ethics of personal responsibility in times of crisis. -- Daniel Gawthrop * The Georgia Straight * It's one of history's all-time great queer love stories. -- Christine Sismondo * Toronto Star * A Queer Love Story ... encompasses a quintessential period for the queer community in Canada ... What emerges is not merely an engaging portrait of two provocative thinkers, but a snapshot of a period in Canadian history that saw a seismic change in the lives and attitudes and ideas of the nation's queer community. -- Steven W. Beattie * Quill and Quire - Editor's Choice, Starred Review * It is a joy reading this correspondence that allows us to truly get to know these two powerhouses of contemporary LGBT history, and to see how they grew as people due to the exchange of ideas and experiences that they shared with each other. -- Rachel Wexelbaum * Lambda Literary Review * Both Rule and Bebout are fiercely intelligent, thoughtful, opinionated and perceptive writers ... This voluminous and essential collection offers delights on every page: beautifully crafted sentences and astute opinions on racism, health care, same-sex marriage, violence and publishing. -- Kevin Howell, independent reviewer and marketing consultant * Shelf Awareness * It is a pleasure and a privilege to "watch" their friendship grow. I highly recommend A Queer Love Story. -- Julie Thompson * The Lesbrary * A Queer Love Story is a wonderful book full of daily life's details, notes on the writing process, and commentary on gay and lesbian issues. It will introduce younger readers to two exemplary members of the gay community ... I felt privileged to be in the presence of these two gifted, courageous writers, both of whom left the U.S. for Canada when they were young. Imagine a book of 600 pages that seems to end too soon. Will we ever again, in this age of texting, have such a lively, spirited, and revealing correspondence? -- Margaret Cruikshank * The Gay & Lesbian Review * In an era when tweets, texts, and e-mails have surpassed the art and practice of letter-writing, this volume will delight historians of the LGBTQ movement and everyday readers. -- Evelyn C. White * Herizons * Reading a collection of letters can be something of a guilty pleasure. Marilyn Schuster's edition of the letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bebout, by contrast, is a moving experience, deftly mingling genres of memoir, diary, and essay. Though reduced by three-quarters from the carefully chronologized 2700-page collection both correspondents agreed to present to the editor, covering fifteen eventful years of their correspondence (1981-1995), A Queer Love Story offers a deeply personal view of academic and publishing life from two of Canada's leading gay authors. -- Patricia Demers * The Ormsby Review *
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