Books by John Loughery

Released: June 1, 1998

"A good index will help this fact-filled, but not always plot-driven, history communicate its insights to a wider-than-gay audience. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Loughery, who has told individual life stories before (e.g., John Sloan: Painter and Rebel, 1995), here attempts the more daunting task of telling a whole community's personal and political history. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 1995

"An able, if stiff, examination of the trials of a talented artist whose day passed within his own lifetime."
The hardworking life and leftist politics of the American realist painter (18711951), member of the Ash Can School and ``The Eight,'' reconstructed in scrupulous historical detail. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 1995

"Nearly all the voices are strong and distinct, resulting in an anthology that, taken as a whole, negotiates themes of universality and difference with unusual intelligence and imagination."
``A diminutive Demon King ruled over the dormitory.'' The first sentence from Yukio Mishima's ``Martyrdom'' conveys something of this anthology's spirit. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"Despite the clumsy start, an unlikable subject, and insufficient psychological depth: curious, literate life-history, with sporadic illumination of American culture (pop and otherwise) in the 1910-40 period. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Intriguing if ultimately somewhat disappointing: A full biography (the first, apparently) of nasty, elegant, tortured Willard Huntington Wright (1887-1939)—magazine editor, art critic, and, as ``S.S. Van Dine,'' the author of the phenomenally successful, now nearly forgotten Philo Vance mysteries. Read full book review >