By Henry Blake Fuller
“Entertaining . . . eminently readable, distinct through superbly evoked interval surroundings and sly humor.”—The manhattan Times
America’s first homosexual novel, released in 1919.
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L. Mencken, “The Flood of Fiction,” The Smart Set (January 1920) 6. ) 7. From Carl Van Vechten, “Henry Blake Fuller,” Excavations: A Book of Advocacies (1926) Select Bibliography Acknowledgements I wish to thank the staff of the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois, for their unfailing courtesy and helpfulness in completing this edition. Archival materials from the Henry Blake Fuller Papers, Midwest Manuscript Collection, are used with the permission of the Newberry Library. Funding for research was provided by several Non-Senate Professional Advancement Grants I was awarded at UCLA, for which I am extremely grateful.
The difference is telling. As a (presumably) heterosexual woman of means, and as a widow who functions as a surrogate mother to the young women under her domain, Mrs. Phillips is a known quantity, easily classifiable by the other characters and comfortably reproducible in her chosen role as patroness of the arts. She is equally presented in the novel as a character that readers may “fix” with little or no ambiguity. ” Moreover, because he demonstrates a capacity for spinning out fictional narratives upon request, uttering poetic turns of phrase, and singing emotionally moving songs, Cope comes closer to being a kind of artist than does Medora Phillips.
Gardens of This World (1929), a travel romance in the style of Fuller’s earliest work, and Not on the Screen (1930), a novel about the relationship between the cinema and real life, were published posthumously. This achievement is all the more remarkable because Fuller had not published a book for the previous ten years, having been severely disappointed by the poor sales and indifferent reviews of the book that came closest to capturing an essential element of his personal life. “So Fine a Realism” On 4 April 1918, Fuller wrote to his friend and fellow writer Hamlin Garland that he had finished a new book.