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The Third Sex
by Lawrence R. Willy
translated by Lawrence R. Schehr
University of Illinois Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-0-252-09290-9 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03216-5
Library of Congress Classification HQ76.25.W5713 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.766

A gold mine of information about a hidden queer culture

Thirty-two years before Simone de Beauvoir's classic The Second Sex, popular French novelist Willy published The Third Sex, a vivid description of the world of European homosexuals in France, Italy, and Germany during the late 1920s. Stepping directly into the heart of gay men's culture, Willy follows homosexual nightlife into music halls, nightclubs, casinos, bars, and saunas. While he finds plenty of drug and alcohol abuse, he also discovers homosexual publishers, scientific societies, group rivalries, and opinions--both medical and political--about the nature of homosexuality itself. Lawrence R. Schehr's introduction provides context and translator's notes for this first-ever English edition.

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