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Post by ChuckW » January 26th, 2021, 2:04 pm

Out of the Closet: A Collection of Early LGBTQ+ Fiction by Various ( - ).

This is a collection of 25 LGBTQ+ stories published between 1841-1923, covering a wide span of authors, genres, and literary traditions. Some stories are coded and euphemistic, operating on the level of subtext and often framing their central relationships as friendships or familial bonds. Others are surprisingly brazen and bold for their time, courting controversy for their refusal to obscure the sexuality of their chararcters. Some tales come from canonical, widely known authors (Whitman, Chopin, Wilde, Cather), while others emerge from obscurer and less recognized writers (Thanet, Cooke, Bunner). Some are tragic and self-critical, clearly the byproducts of when they were written. Others are lightly comedic or triumphant, bucking the conventions of the time. Throughout each story, however, persists a desire to represent the seemingly unrepresentable, finding expression for the "love that dare not speak its name."
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    Genres for the project: Short Stories/Anthologies

    Keywords that describe the book: gay fiction, gay and lesbian literature, lesbian fiction, transgender fiction, lgbt fiction, homoeroticism

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Post by ChuckW » January 26th, 2021, 2:10 pm

Some quick notes--

1) I've had two big, ambitious projects in the hopper for a couple of years now: this and George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah. And since this was (by far!) the less exhausting and time-intensive of the two, we're starting with this one. I've had the selections picked out for a while now, but managed to stumble upon a couple of new stories that would make great inclusions.

2) With that said, this is still wildly incomplete. In particular, I wanted to add at least one Edward Prime-Stevenson story, but his short fiction is almost impossible to come by. If anyone can find any of his stories (in PD publications -- not the reprints), please let me know. I would definitely amend this listing and add it to the collection, if that happened.
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Post by ChuckW » January 26th, 2021, 2:19 pm

Oh, and here's what's in the collection:

“The Child’s Champion” (Walt Whitman) [4229 words]
https://whitmanarchive.org/published/fiction/shortfiction/per.00319.html

“In the Tules” (Bret Harte) [7177 words]
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1312/1312-h/1312-h.htm#link2H_4_0025

“The Falling in Love of Fedora: A Sketch” (Kate Chopin) [1020 words]

https://mohistory.org/collections/item/D00414

“The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman” (Anonymous) [approx. 4400 words]
https://archive.org/details/knickerbockeror15unkngoog/page/n644/mode/2up

“Pearl-Hunting in the Pomotous” (Charles Warren Stoddard) [5701 words]
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41573/41573-h/41573-h.htm#Page_146

“Twin-Love” (Bayard Taylor) [6262 words]
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/292/292-h/292-h.htm#link2H_4_0018

“Portrait of W.H.” (Oscar Wilde) [Chapter 1: 5871 words; Chapters 2 and 3: 5530 words]
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/773/773-h/773-h.htm#page145

“Felipa” (Constance Fenimore Woolson) [7998 words]
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33813/33813-h/33813-h.htm#FELIPA

“My Visitation” (Rose Terry Cooke) [first half: 4950 words; second half: 4950 words]
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015056089769&view=1up&seq=246&q1=232

“A Scrap of Paper” (Arnold Lunn) [first half: approx. 6468 words; second half: approx. 6488 words]

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.184563/page/n147/mode/2up

“The Man Who Became a Woman” (Sherwood Anderson) [first half: 6880 words; second half: 6880 words]

https://archive.org/details/horsesmentaleslo00ande/page/182/mode/2up

“Out of the Deeps” (Elizabeth Stoddard) [approx. 4500 words]
https://archive.org/details/jstor-20636285/page/n1/mode/2up

“Marjorie Daw” (Thomas Bailey Aldrich) [7375 words]
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1758


“Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament” (Willa Cather) [8182 words]
https://cather.unl.edu/writings/shortfiction/ss006

“Two Friends” (Mary Wilkins Freeman) [approx. 6450 words]
http://reader.library.cornell.edu/docviewer/digital?id=hearth4732809_1454_025#page/6/mode/1up

“Martha’s Lady” (Sarah One Jewett) [6952 words]
http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/24822/pg24822.html

“My Lorelei: A Heidelberg Romance” (Octave Thanet) [approx. 7920 words]
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015038712801&view=1up&seq=7

“The Heart’s Desire” (Sui Sin Far) [657 words]
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/62940/62940-h/62940-h.htm#p300

“Our Aromatic Uncle” (H.C. Bunner) [5585 words]
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/50543/50543-h/50543-h.htm#Page_341

“Two Gentlemen of Kentucky” (James Lane Allen) [first part: 6999 words; 3399 words]

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/50597/50597-h/50597-h.htm#TWO_GENTLEMEN_OF_KENTUCKY

“The True Story Of A Vampire” (Eric Stenbock) [3129 words]
http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0606601h.html
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Post by KevinS » January 26th, 2021, 3:02 pm

Do we accept the Australian Gutenberg? I think that story is available elsewhere, if that's the case. It has been recorded for LibriVox but I don't know if that's an issue for you. There are other stories, though, from this author.

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Post by annise » January 26th, 2021, 3:23 pm

Hi Chuck - I'm happy to set this up for you but we will need to check the links and I will not be able to do thatfor about 8 hours - PG Australia uses Australian copyright - author death not publication and there are a few others I'll need to check too
But I'll get you a window - just no claims till I have checked .

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Post by ChuckW » January 26th, 2021, 3:48 pm

Thanks annise! I'll set everything up in a bit. :-)

re: the Australian Gutenberg link. I used this particular link because it was the one used for the other preexisting recording of this story for Librivox. There's a direct scan of the original book from this story came from on Archive.org, but the quality is a little eye-straining. I figured this version would be easier on our volunteers (especially since it seemed fine in the past).

And the only link I plan on replacing is for "Paul's Case," which was intended as temporary. However, there's no shortage of PD sources for that story, so I'm not worried. The rest are either from Project Gutenberg or provide direct scans of the original publications.

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Post by WiltedScribe » January 26th, 2021, 5:40 pm

Hi Chuck! What a wonderful compilation of works this is, and I'd love to read for a few. Provided their respective sources are deemed OK, may I have 16 and 23 to start?
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Post by ChuckW » January 26th, 2021, 5:57 pm

WiltedScribe wrote:
January 26th, 2021, 5:40 pm
Hi Chuck! What a wonderful compilation of works this is, and I'd love to read for a few. Provided their respective sources are deemed OK, may I have 16 and 23 to start?
Thank you! You have no idea how much work into the creation of this compilation. :shock:

And thanks. I'll add you to the MW right now.

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Post by annise » January 27th, 2021, 3:24 am

I'm happy with the links - they seem all to be backed up by dated sources, If this is your first collection do you know about adding metadata ?


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Post by ChuckW » January 27th, 2021, 6:11 am

annise wrote:
January 27th, 2021, 3:24 am
I'm happy with the links - they seem all to be backed up by dated sources, If this is your first collection do you know about adding metadata ?


Anne
Thanks Anne! Glad my ability to plunge into old, musty periodicals hasn’t waned with time.

And I’m afraid I don’t know what you mean by the metadata. 😬 Do you have a resource you could direct me to?

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Post by ColleenMc » January 27th, 2021, 9:15 am

I'd like to do "Two Friends" by Mary Wilkins Freeman

Thanks for putting this collection together, looks like it was a ton of work!


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Post by ChuckW » January 27th, 2021, 9:30 am

ColleenMc wrote:
January 27th, 2021, 9:15 am
I'd like to do "Two Friends" by Mary Wilkins Freeman

Thanks for putting this collection together, looks like it was a ton of work!


Colleen
Thank you so much!

It was a lot of work, but also pretty fun. I had to comb through a lot of anthologies and critical studies, and then plow through HathiTrust and Project Gutenberg to see what was available. I'm still sad that I wasn't able to find the really obscure, privately printed stuff, but no collection is ever complete.

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Post by ChuckW » January 27th, 2021, 9:40 am

Two additional updates--

In putting this together, I also discovered a new story that I'd like to add to the collection. The story was published in 1922, so it shouldn't be a problem.

"A Boy's Discovery" (Robert McAlmon)
https://archive.org/details/hastybunch00mcalrich/page/n65/mode/2up

I also forgot to add the author death dates to the MW. Give me one moment and I'll fix that.

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Post by annise » January 27th, 2021, 5:08 pm

re metadata
In a collection, the catalogue page shows the source the title and the author for each section - the titles are automatically added but the author and the source have to be entered before cataloguing and I think it's easier to start early and do a few then come back than to do them at the end :D

If you go to the page where you enter the title and the claims etc, the column next to the number has a magnifying glass, click on it and a few lines open at the top of the table - enter the author and the link and language and then click on add and it is done
Any questions ask :D
Anne

(if there are new authors not in the dropdown let me know with any info and they will be added to the author database)

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Post by ChuckW » January 27th, 2021, 6:39 pm

annise wrote:
January 27th, 2021, 5:08 pm
re metadata
In a collection, the catalogue page shows the source the title and the author for each section - the titles are automatically added but the author and the source have to be entered before cataloguing and I think it's easier to start early and do a few then come back than to do them at the end :D

If you go to the page where you enter the title and the claims etc, the column next to the number has a magnifying glass, click on it and a few lines open at the top of the table - enter the author and the link and language and then click on add and it is done
Any questions ask :D
Anne

(if there are new authors not in the dropdown let me know with any info and they will be added to the author database)

Gotcha. I'll start working on that tomorrow evening. As for new authors to the catalogue, I think we're only adding the following:

Arnold Lunn (1888-1974)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Lunn
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