Autobiography of an Androgyne by Ralph WertherAutobiography of an Androgyne by Ralph Werther

Autobiography of an Androgyne

byRalph WertherEditorScott Herring

Paperback | February 22, 2008

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First printed in 1918, Ralph Werther's Autobiography of an Androgyne charts his emerging self-understanding as a member of the "third sex" and documents his explorations of queer underworlds in turn-of-the-century New York City. Werther presents a sensational life narrative that begins with a privileged upper-class birth and a youthful realization of his difference from other boys. He concludes with a decision to undergo castration. Along the way, he recounts intimate stories of adolescent sexual encounters with adult men and women, escapades as a reckless "fairie" who trolled Brooklyn and the Bowery in search of working-class Irish and Italian immigrants, and an immersion into the subculture of male "inverts." This new edition also includes a critical introduction by Scott Herring that situates the text within the scientific, historical, literary, and social contexts of urban American life in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Tracing how this pioneering autobiography engages with conversations on immigration, gender, economics, metropolitan working-class culture, and the invention of homosexuality across class lines, this edition is ideal for courses on topics ranging from Victorian literature to modern American sexuality.
Scott Herring is an assistant professor of English and women's studies at The Pennsylvania State University.
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Title:Autobiography of an AndrogyneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 22, 2008Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813543002

ISBN - 13:9780813543000

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