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'Every-bit-as-good-as-gay': Restyling heterosexuality in 1940s New York

Deacon, Desley


The relationship of novelist Mary McCarthy and her third husband, Bowden Broadwater, is an example of the rise and fall of a particular kind of heterosexuality in 1940s and 1950s urban America: the �nongay, every-bit-as-good-as-gay� male partner. This article describes the course of this marriage and links its unusual aspects to a resistant culture that developed at Harvard during the 1940s, inspired by the life and work of the British novelist Ronald Firbank. It traces the marriage�s failure...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: History Australia
DOI: .1080/14490854.2013.11668447


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