This volume makes available an international collection of plays, from Britain, the US, Germany, France and Russia, providing an essential and fascinating resource for anyone interested in the theatre culture of this period.
Lovesick brings together six plays, each with individual introductions, including an author biography and a production history. The editor provides a contextual introduction to the volume offering valuable information about the ancestry of gay theatre and queer performance.
The anthology reveals how 'sexual deviance' made its way into the drama of this time, and also how homosexual playwrights used comic or lyrical devices in order to celebrate a 'superior sensibility'.
Table of Contents
Preface, List of Illustrations, General Introduction, The Blackmailers, by John Gray and Marc Andre Raffalovich, At saint Judas's, by Henry Blake Fuller, "Mistakes", by Herbert Hirschberg, The Dangerous Precaution, by Mikhail Kuzmin, The Gentleman of the Chrysanthemums, by Armory (Carle Dauriac), Ania and Esther, by Klaus Mann.