Book Review – Queer Lives by William Peniston and Nancy Erber


These autobiographical accounts of the lives of gay men in 19th Century France collected by William Peniston (director of the Newark Museum’s library and archives) and Nancy Erber (professor of linguistics at CUNY) is the first English translation of some remarkable first-person testimony about what it was like to be gay in an era that may now seem far away but in fact was as close as our grandparents or great grandparents.