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The Western Shore [GAY FICTION]
Harcourt, Brace and Co. New York (1925) - First Edition stated. Morgan Dennis dustjacket art. Uncommon novel of campus life and homosexual encounters, written while Crane was part of the ex-patriot community of Paris. "Episodes of student life in a co-educational university of California [Berkeley], modern but restrained in tone and presented with great distinction of style. George Towne, ex-lumberman; Milton Granger, the nice young man from Los Angeles; Aaron Berg, the brilliant Jew; Ethel Davis, who is preparing her doctor's thesis." A very obscure Homosexual themed novel listed in Anthony Slide's bibliography Lost Gay Novels. Slide writes The Western Shore was one of the first and remains the best novels about university life in Berkeley. There is only one obvious gay character, but two or three others who could be labeled as such. "A San Francisco setting, a fraternity initiation, fun and games among male students around an outdoor swimming pool, young men sleeping three to a room, a young male college professor who finds a bed in his home for a younger male student." Crane's family was deeply distressed by his book. Novels about campus life in America had, until then, presented the college scene as a four-year ball, an innocent round of parties, football games, fraternity dances and romance. And here was a ruthless, if gently proffered, would-be expose of that scene. Good, some loss to cheap cloth at front spine gutter, some erosion to cloth at top spine area, bookworm tunnel half centimeter deep at top fore-edge of page block, in Very Good dustjacket, that has suffered some small chips along top front spine edge. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Babylon Revisited Rare Books]
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