The Rest of It: Hustlers, Cocaine, Depression, and Then Some, 1976-1988

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Duke University Press
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6.2 X 9.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 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, which include Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey; Paul Robeson; Stonewall; Midlife Queer: Autobiography of a Decade, 1971-1981; Black Mountain: An Exploration in Community; The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein; Jews/Queers/Germans; and more than a dozen others. His biography of Charles Francis Adams won the Bancroft Prize, and his coedited anthology Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past won two Lambda Literary Awards. He won a third Lambda Award for Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS. Duberman received the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Historical Association, as well as two honorary degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters from Amherst College, and Doctor of Letters from Columbia University. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Duberman lives in New York City.


"Duberman is one of America's great intellectuals; all readers can enjoy this well-rounded self-portrait of a tumultuous decade in the life of an important thinker."--David Azzolina"Library Journal" (03/01/2018)
"Duberman's emotionally raw and keenly observant memoir illuminates both his turbulent life and the years when gay publishing began to flower just as AIDS started to devastate its landscape."--Kevin Howell"Shelf Awareness" (03/16/2018)
"Challenging gay invisibility and confronting anti-gay bigotry among the intelligentsia are key battlefronts on which Marty fought early, bravely and often. The passion of his arguments and efforts is everywhere in the testimony of The Rest of Us."-- (02/14/2018)
"Sharp and engaging, with tasteful anecdotes that anchor Duberman not in a historical lineage but firmly within his own personal journey. This highly intelligent book is not just another contribution to gay history; it is also an important pillar in the author's literary biography. A fascinating look into a significant period in the life of a much-loved literary figure."-- (03/02/2018)
"We queers are better off, better informed and better empowered, for Duberman's astute, engaged lifetime of work. We are also better off for reading The Rest of It, for understanding the beautifully written history of one man, yes, but in effect, a part of the history of us all."-- (03/02/2018)
"The Rest of It is not a revisionist memoir or the roars of a gay literary lion in winter. It is instead an intimate, revealing, and vibrant account of a writer's personal struggles with Duberman in top form. Duberman's account of this pivotal time in GLBTQ history is as sharp as ever...."-- (03/06/2018)
"The Rest of It, a memoir of the years 1976 to 1988, confirms Duberman's status as one of our most brilliant and essential memoirists. This is clearly a skilled, dedicated historian's memoir, as it minutely details the writer's personal life while also grounding us in the political and social turmoil of the time. . . . The Rest of It will engage and enrich readers with its brutally honest examination of one man's life lived fully. It deserves a place on your bookshelf."-- (03/13/2018)
"Martin Duberman has been a touchstone for a generation of gay men, and, once again, he offers up his life experiences to help us better understand our own. The Rest of It is a lively book; it forces readers to engage with the difficult, often contentious personality of a brilliantly accomplished gay man wrestling with his demons."-- (05/01/2018)
"Filled with tidbits of gossip with appearances by luminaries of the era like Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer, The Rest Of Us is a brutally honest examination of a painful period in the writer's life and career."--The Advocate (12/30/2018)