Outlaw Marriages

Paperback $16.00

May 07, 2013

Hardcover $26.95

May 15, 2012 | 224 Pages

Ebook $26.95

May 15, 2012

  • Hardcover $26.95

    May 15, 2012 | 224 Pages

  • Ebook $26.95

    May 15, 2012


Outlaw Marriages gloriously outs same-sex couples through history and celebrates their love and impact in theater, arts, and social change. If you love the guilty pleasure of reading People magazine for your celebrity-couple news, you’ll love this book. And the fact-checking is flawless!”—Kate Clinton, humorist

“The volume will have particular appeal to readers of gender studies, but these stories ultimately prove that true partnership is gender blind.”—Publishers Weekly

“A thoroughly interesting look at gay and lesbian love, life and relationships.”—EDGE 

“Fifteen love marriages that dared not speak their name defied laws and mores, flouted conventions, and live today in Streitmatter’s essential, well-documented history.”—Booklist

“A nice gift for just the right couple.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“An engaging and well-researched volume with broad appeal to the LGBTQ crowd (especially couples) as well as social historians.”–Library Journal

“In Outlaw Marriages he distills a wealth of information down to a lively and effective series of double portraits.”—The Gay and Lesbian Review

“…Streitmatter expertly threads together the historical backgrounds and incredible courage of these couples… it’s a damn good bunch of stories told in a very approachable 160-ish pages.”—The Stranger 

From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1
Walt Whitman & Peter Doyle
Revolutionizing American Poetry
Chapter 2
Martha Carey Thomas & Mamie Gwinn
Opening Graduate Education to American Women
Chapter 3
Ned Warren & John Marshall
Building the Collections of America’s Art Museums
Chapter 4
Mary Rozet Smith & Jane Addams
Breaking New Ground in Social Reform and Global Peace
Chapter 5
Bessie Marbury & Elsie de Wolfe
Founding the Field of Interior Design
Chapter 6
J. C. Leyendecker & Charles Beach
Taking the Art of Illustration to a New Level
Chapter 7
Alice B. Toklas & Gertrude Stein
Expanding the Dimensions of American Literature
Chapter 8

Janet Flanner & Solita Solano
Pioneering a New Style of Journalism
Chapter 9
Greta Garbo & Mercedes de Acosta
Making Hollywood the Celebrity Capital of the World

Chapter 10
Aaron Copland & Victor Kraft
Inventing a Distinctly American Style of Music
Chapter 11
Frank Merlo & Tennessee Williams
Lifting American Theater to New Heights
Chapter 12
James Baldwin & Lucien Happersberger
Attacking Racism through Literature
Chapter 13
Robert Rauschenberg & Jasper Johns
Expanding the Definition of Art
Chapter 14
Ismail Merchant & James Ivory
Turning Literary Works into Sumptuous Films
Chapter 15
Frances Clayton & Audre Lorde
Raising a Voice for Women of Color
Photography/Illustration Credits

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