Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Watchin' the Detectives

Aiii! I just saw a really interesting episode of the PBS show History Detectives that features (among other things) an investigation into the identity of the author of Diana: A Strange Autobiography. If, like me, you had not heard of this title, the GLBTQ Encyclopedia describes it here. The book was published in 1939, and is notable for being one of the first to feature a politically aware queer subject who is happy (and still alive!) by the final page.

Diana is discussed in the third segment of the program, which begins around the 18:00 mark. There are some great archival photos of 1930s lesbians (though these remain sadly uncredited), in case the mystery of the author's identity wasn't enough to get you hooked.

1 comment:

  1. Since posting this I discovered that the CLGA has a copy of the book. It's fascinating!