OUTLAW MARRIAGES: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

RODGER STREITMATTER

Outlaw looks at 15 couples during a time when being gay was against the law. Several of the couples had one person famous and the other partner was muse and or caretaker to his or her famous spouse. That was the case with Walt Whitman and his beloved streetcar conductor Peter Doyle who was much younger than the great poet. Doyle was Whitman’s muse when he wrote Leaves of Grass. Greta Garbo was outraged when her partner and social and career advisor Mercedes do Acosta published a memoir of their time together. The book included topless photos of the great beauty. Frank Merlo “stabilized Tennessee Williams life so his creative juices could begin flowing again. Alice B. Toklas was instrumental in getting Gertrude Stein‘s writings published.

A great read.

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