A Union Like Ours: The Love Story of F. O. Matthiessen and Russell Cheney

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5.26 X 8.49 X 0.74 inches | 0.71 pounds

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About the Author

SCOTT BANE is a program officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation.


"In A Union Like Ours, Scott Bane carefully tracks both men's careers through the changes in American culture that they were either reflecting or contributing to . . . [A] smart, sensitive study."--Gay and Lesbian Review

"[P]articularly impressive in Bane's work is the thorough, 360-degree view he gives to his subjects' lives . . . A Union Like Ours is an absorbing read and a significant addition to America's sociological and intellectual history."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"Scott Bane shows the relationship between F. O. Matthiessen and the painter Russell Cheney as an example of how two men could--precariously and passionately--live together and love each other in the America of the 1930s and 1940s. His book enriches our knowledge of the gay past."--Colm Tóibín, international best-selling author of The Magician: A Novel

"A Union Like Ours succeeds as a nuanced exploration of a marriage, one characterized by great joy but also buffeted by tremendous conflict (societal, financial, and health-related). I came to know these men, their life together, and their creative output in a layered way."--R. Tripp Evans, author of Grant Wood: A Life

"The relationship between Cheney and Matthiessen is a terrific subject. Bane is in his element when writing about intimacy and about the pathologization of homosexuality in the early twentieth century."--Lance Richardson, author of House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

"[T]his is an arresting account of how a same-sex relationship endured amid societal conflicts and a solid examination of the men's respective works."--Philip Oliver, Library Journal

"A Union Like Ours is an absorbing read and a significant addition to America's sociological and intellectual history."--Martha Anne Toll, Washington Independent Review of Books

"[This book] can be read as exemplary of the kind of biography worthy of 'American Renaissance'...."--Carl Rollyson, The New York Sun