Charges of homosexuality could endanger a professor's career well into the
1960s. Probably it still can in less overt ways.
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> Behalf Of Peter Dillane
> Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 7:38 AM
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> Subject: Re: The Waste Land - a Tarot reading
> Yes granted Nancy and the danger was great I understand thinking of the
> catastrophe for Alan Turing in the late fifties . Pete
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> On 27/08/2013, at 8:42 PM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Given the impact on any gay person's life in the early 20th century, I
> agree. It would matter very much if one were publicly represented as gay:
> think Djuna Barnes or, more disturbingly, Oscar Wilde. So portraying gay
> situations was itself an issue, and it is as serious a discussion as any
> > Cheers,
> > Nancy
> >>>> David Boyd 08/26/13 9:59 PM >>>
> > I happen presently to be concluding a critical biography of a
> > Faber poet, and I haven't as yet and probably never will be able
> > meaningfully to place his sexuality in particular upon any
> > currently-meaningful spectrum of same.
> > Polarised thinking about such matters I just instinctively feel is
> > unhelpful, both as regards my own subject and Eliot himself.
> > On 26 August 2013 19:44, Nancy Gish wrote:
> >> We don't absolutely "know" it any more than we do any other reference.
> >> the reference was said to be commonly known. I will have to look up the
> >> sources of the claim when I get back to the States in September. But it
> >> been stated as a fact by many sources.
> >> On the other hand, we don't "know" which of the many meanings might
> >> best attached to Tiresias, for example. So I'll look it up when I can.
> >> Cheers,
> >> Nancy
> >>>>> Peter Dillane 08/26/13 11:18 AM >>>
> >> Hi Nancy and Carrol,
> >> How do we know that Mr Eugenides is asking a male out?
> >> He is a study in libidinous importunity ( unshaven and his pocket full
> >> currants to me figures a kind of hedonistic indifference to polite
> >> convention or perhaps a foreigner inappropriateness) but I cant see he
> >> to be homosexual.