Luminous Traitor: The Just and Daring Life of Roger Casement, a Biographical Novel

Martin Duberman (Author)

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$32.95  $30.31
University of California Press
Publish Date
November 06, 2018
6.3 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at City University of New York, where he founded and directed the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is the author of numerous histories, biographies, memoirs, essays, plays, and novels including Has the Gay Movement Failed?, Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey, Paul Robeson, Stonewall, Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community, The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, and more than a dozen others. He is the recipient of the Bancroft Prize, multiple Lambda Literary Awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Historical Association, and he has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2012 Duberman received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College and in 2017 an honorary Doctor of Letters from Columbia University.


"Duberman calls his book a biographical novel, though it is more biography of the real-life Casement than novel. But, in either case, it is a painstaking, sympathetic portrait of a celebrated humanitarian. The result is both a political history and also an examination of the history of homosexuality. It is valuable on both counts."--Booklist
""Duberman's presentation of [Casement's] life story is impressive."--The Gay & Lesbian Review
"A biographical novel about a complex man in complex times, but someone who burnt with a sense of justice, and when he wasn't pursuing that (in the Congo or Peru or Ireland) was burning with forbidden sexual desire for men wherever he could find them. We hanged him."--Stephen Hough "The Times of London "
"In the last year alone, renowned gay historian Martin Duberman, Ph.D. '57, has published a memoir, a polemic about gay activism, and a "novel/history" about the inner circle of Kaiser Wilhelm. He adopts the third genre for Luminous Traitor: The Just and Daring Life of Roger Casement, A Biographical Novel cleaving to the historical record and using "informed speculation" to fill in the gaps."--Harvard Magazine
"...a deeply informed biographical novel, skillfully told in present tense, that brings [a] lesser-known historical era and its principal actors to light."-- (04/02/2019)