The First Gay American Novel: A Forgotten Book by Sarah Orne Jewett

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The First Gay American Novel: A Forgotten Book by Sarah Orne Jewett

Tuesday, 10/16/18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Event Type

Lecture/Panel Discussion
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA
Pennsylvania

What was the first gay American novel? The popularity of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, and Hanya Yanagihara’s recent sensation A Little Life indicate the deep personal connection people feel with LGBT fiction.

In this talk, Professor Don James Brown of the University of Tulsa will make the case that A Marsh Island (1885), the little-known novel by the Maine-based writer Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), should be considered the first novel in the genre.


 

Schedule

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Talk

This program is held in collaboration with the Library Company of Philadelphia.