Cherry Grove, Fire Island. Esther Newton.

Cherry Grove, Fire Island. Sixty Years in America's First Gay and Lesbian Town

Boston: Beacon Press, 1993. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth over purple paper covered boards, spine stamped in yellow, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.

Lesbian anthropologist Newton's cultural history of New York's Cherry Island, one of the oldest and most predominant queer communities in the United States. Based on 46 interviews she conducted over the course of five summers, Newton chronicles the colony's development from a few isolated cabins to a thriving, commercial, publicized community with Mafia-run discos and occasional police raids. Includes a section of black-and-white photographs and a map of the area. Inscribed "To Bea and Edith/with fond recollections of a glorious past/Esther" on the title page. Light shelfwear to unclipped dust jacket, small closed tear to rear flap fold. Near fine. Item #1281


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