Monday, June 15, 2009

Today in Gay History

Happy Birthday
Patricia Nell Warren (b. 1936) Gifted Author of Lesbian and Gay Fiction

from glbtq we learn:

Winner of the 1978 Walt Whitman Award for Excellence in Gay Literature, Patricia Nell Warren is the author of successful novels about American gay culture that exemplify post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS, popular adult mainstream fiction.

Warren's well-crafted narratives center on stalwart gay protagonists who must deal with the personal and political ramifications of mid-1970s American society confronting a burgeoning gay liberation movement. Downplaying graphic sex and exoticism in favor of challenging stereotypes and demystifying gay lifestyles, Warren's gay-affirmative novels hold appeal for both gay and non-gay readers.

. . . She was married to George Tarnawsky from 1957 to 1973. She acknowledged her lesbianism soon after publishing The Front Runner in 1974.

An avid sportswoman, Warren's own experience as a long-distance runner and athlete influenced her writing in The Front Runner and about sports generally.

Read much more of her fascinating journey from Reader's Digest editor, to best-selling author, to publisher, to community activist and children's advocate in West Hollywood here @ glbtq


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