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From Michelangelo to Harvey Milk, Aldrich (European history, University of Sydney) profiles about 80 gay men and women from around the world, including writers, artists, philosophers, and activists, in this reference for students and general readers. Some are well-known and other less so, but none is still living. The author makes a special effort to go beyond Europe, with profiles of a Japanese photographer, an Arabic painter, and a Jamaican novelist. The profiles are organized according to 12 themes, such as ancient ancestors, entanglements of sex and politics, visions of male beauty, love in the Levant, and international lives in the modern era. The book is handsomely illustrated with b&w photo portraits, color paintings and illustrations, and works of art from various eras, with a total of 128 photos and illustrations, 56 in color. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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