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- DescriptionFirst printed in 1918, Ralph Werther's Autobiography of an Androgyne charts his emerging self-understanding as a member of the third sex and documents his explorations of queer underworlds in turn-of-the-century New York City. Werther presents a sensational life narrative that begins with a privileged upper-class birth and a youthful realization of his difference from other boys. He concludes with a decision to undergo castration. Along the way, he recounts intimate stories of adolescent sexual encounters with adult men and women, escapades as a reckless fairie who trolled Brooklyn and the Bowery in search of working-class Irish and Italian immigrants, and an immersion into the subculture of male inverts. This new edition also includes a critical introduction by Scott Herring that situates the text within the scientific, historical, literary, and social contexts of urban American life in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Tracing how this pioneering autobiography engages with conversations on immigration, gender, ecomics, metropolitan working-class culture, and the invention of homosexuality across class lines, this edition is ideal for courses on topics ranging from Victorian literature to modern American sexuality.
- Author BiographyScott Herring is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University and the author of Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History.
- Author(s)Ralph Werther
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2008
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Series TitleSubterranean Lives Series
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Notefigures
- Weight313 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edited byScott Herring
- Series Edited byBradford J.M. Verter
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