Work/Cited Episode 23: Queer Romance in the Early 20th Century

By Ian Fowler, Curator of Maps, History and Government Information
March 10, 2023

Work/Cited is a program series that showcases the latest scholarship supported by the rich collections of The New York Public Library with a behind-the-scenes look at how the finished product was inspired, researched, and created.

As a co-founder of the field of American Studies and a Harvard English professor between 1929 and 1950, F.O. Matthiesen put his stamp on generations of young American readers. In his personal life, he hid from many his homosexuality and his long-term relationship with the artist Russell Cheney. Speaking with NYPL's Mary Jones, Scott Bane discusses his new book, A Union Like Ours: The Love Story of F. O. Matthiessen and Russell Cheney, which provides a window into the realities faced by same-sex couples in the early 20th century, forced to maintain relationships in the face of overt discrimination and the absence of legal protections.

Fort McClary, Kittery Point, Me
Fort McClary, Kittery Point, ME

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