> i was surfing the web looking for chandler sites and i came on this
> that had literary analysis and criticism and this lady had written an
> and quoted a bunch of stuff from _farewell my lovely_ which
> pegged marlowe as a closet homosexual.
> i believe i have seen threads here discussing this type of thing. if
> wasn't about marlowe, then maybe parker's spenser or someone else.
> its not really an unusual literary accusation... man hiding his
> erences by being overly masculine and possibly even expressing anti-
> gay sentiments. its not always aimed at an author's characters, but
> author himself. somebody wrote a hemingway biography using the
> although i doubt that anybody here is fooled by that sorta ploy, i'll
> if i can find the link to the article.
It seems to me that any "man's man" type character has had
this kind of claim made about him by somebody or other.
Although I don't necessarily dismiss these claims off-hand I
really think it's often drawing a long bow. Because a
character (or author) doesn't have a lot to do with women, or
he is not comfortable around women or there just aren't many
female characters of note in a story or any of the other
rather tenuous reasons cited by "critics" of this bent, it
doesn't mean that the author (or character) is homosexual.
Personally, I feel that the author of the article you're
referring to is reading his/her own obsessions into the text.
I've never been a macho, jock type of guy myself, always been
pretty comfortable with women personally, but I don't believe
that the more traditionally masculine guys out there are
really closet queens - undoubtedly a small proportion are but
I feel it's a non-sequitur to say that because a man is not
comfortable with women, for example, that he is obviously
homosexual even if he doesn't know it. I seem to recall
someone on this list talking about someone saying that
Hemingway's THE OLD MAN & THE SEA was "obviously" about a
pederastic relationship - if you "read between the lines". To
which I can only say, once again, "huh?". Or, as Dr Freud
(allegedly) said, "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar".
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