Out of the Blue.
Russia's Hidden Gay Literature. An Anthology. Edited by Kevin Moss. Introduction by Simon Karlinsky.San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1997 Stock Code: 123283
First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. The colophon advertises 26 deluxe lettered copies but the bibliography notes that "this has not been seen and may not have been printed". Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press in 1975, which was notable for its pioneering anthologies of gay writing from other cultures, and his Gay Sunshine Journal (1970-82) was particularly influential for its interviews with prominent gay writers of the era. "Here for the first time in any language is an in-depth collection of Russian gay literaturefrom the classics of the 19th century Golden Age to the erotica of the 'New Russia.' Thirty authors in over 400 pages of brilliant writing make this pioneering anthology a publishing event. 'Blue' (goluboy) is the Russian slang term for gay" (Gay Sunshine bibliography).
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles gilt to spine, patterned endpapers. With the dust jacket.
Photographic portrait frontispiece and others in the text.
Very slight rubbing to ends and corners, excellent condition.
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