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The Star, No. 11, April 13, 1984 - File 006. 1984-04-13. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 17, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1751/show/1743.

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Title The Star, No. 11, April 13, 1984
Contributor
  • Hyde, Robert
Date April 13, 1984
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 006
Transcript April 13,1984/The Star 5 History as Prissy Gossip By Jim Kepner Via GPA Wire Service Homosexuals in History: Ambivalence in Society, Literature and the Arts. AL Rowse, paperback by Carroll and Graff, publishers, 260 Fifth Ave, New York. NY. 10001 $9.95, 346 pg. Includes 16 pp. of fine illustrations. A.L. Rowse, a fellow of^Vll Souls College of the British Academy and ofthe Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif, has earned fame as a nonconforming historian specializing in the Elizabethan age, testily trying, through several books, to deny that Shakespeare was a homosexual who wrote love sonnets to a young actor— a theme Oscar Wilde explored in his sub rosa booklet, "The Portrait of Mr. W.H." But after years of nailing Shakespeare's closet shut, Rowse issued this volume, spilling the dirt on many other modern Europeans for whom evidence is often no less circumstantial than with the Bard. He starts with two caveats: he has not dealt with ancient figures because his specialty is not in that area of history; and ht has skipped lesbians for similar reasons (fortunate, for he exudes a rather mysogy- nist tone). After a brief bit ostensibly on medieval life (actually an arguable essay on why the ancient Hebrews outlawed homosexual acts) with brief mention of William Rufus, Richard the Lion Hearted, the Bishop of Ely and Edward II, he moves into the Renaissance, a rich field for gossip. With figures like the great humanist scholar Erasmus, Da Vinci and Michelangelo, be is at his best: warm, witty, fluent, telling it with a relish that ignores the fact that most of this has been told repeatedly. Some historians will fault him for not giving sources (he cites his own writings frequently), but this is popular history and lively in the telling. His account of the Herveys and Walpoles and the Connois- Books seur. Sir Horace Mann, is particularly charming. He slights the smaller countries of Europe (most historians do) and for Russia deals only with the French travel writer, the Marquis de Custine, who wrote well on the Russian police state of his day (1839), Tchaikovsky, DiaRhilev and his dancers, and Chichenn, an aristocrat who became Lenin's skilled Commisar for Foreign Affairs until after the Genoa Conference and the Treaty of Rapallo. His discussions of Eminent Victorians is fine, if too brief, and here at least we get a smidgeon of Miuiai analysis amid the stories of eminent individuals and a trac ing of the move toward something like a gay movement in mid 19th century England. In tracing German gay history from Ludwig (the "mad" king of Bavaria who built grand castles and funded Wagner) to Rohm (Hitler's openly homosexual sidekick), he well tells the story of Prince Eulenburg, friend of the Kaiser—this story, virtually the discovery that the German Emperor's intimate friendsweregay. The removal of Eulenburg, et al.. in 1907 fixed the course for Germany's disastrous march to two world wars. It is typical of this sort of history as the stories of great men that the author ignores entirely the work of Karl Ulrichs, Adolf Brand, Benedict Friendlander and Magnus Hirschfeld who between 1860 and 1930 transformed Germany gay history from the pathetic or sophisticated doings of aristocrats into a political movement which fell before the Nazi holocaust. He likewise omits the homosexual law reform movement in England after 1952, although he ends at a later date with his only excursion to the Orient, an account of i Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. \ His story of the Cambridge Apostles i writer Lytton Strachey, economist John r Maynard Keynes, philosopher G.E. - Moore, et al.), while he deals only with the * Apostles'last generation, is one that is not -well known, I recommend Paul Levy's ■ recent biography of Moore for a fuller account. Most of these stories have been told before, if not as gracefully, in Hirschfeld, Garde and elsewhere. In his account of "A Handful of Americans," Howard Sturgis and Morton Fullerton were new to the literature. Those who want easy reading will enjoy the book. Those who seek to understand the roots of homophobia in various cultures and the origins of gay liberation must look elsewhere. SUNDAY-J1°° Beer Bust 5-8 M0NDAY-$1°° Call Liquor 8-10 TUESDAY—$125 Bar Drinks 8-10 WEDNESDAY—sl°° Long Necks 9-11 THURSDAY—51°° Margaritas & Screwdrivers 8-10 SATURDAY—50C Draft 2-5 HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday 2-7pm i*> *> <$ &> ejf* "Best in Country Sounds" Sister Bar to Snuffy's • April 14 Rockin' R Rider Trailnight & BBQ at Pam & Judy's • April 15 Rockin' R Rider meeting at Our Place • April 21 Rockin' R Rider riding in the Paseo del Rey Feo Parade • April 24 FIESTA KICKOFF SHOW, 9pm, $2 cover • April 28 FIESTA RUN SPECIALS 501 Draft 75C Longnecks $loo gar Drinks 2pm-7pm 5pm Hosting Beer Bust 7 Hot Dogs for the Poker Run • April 29 Live Music 9pm-lam, $2 cover
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