ABSTRACT

REMEMBER WHEN ALL BIG BIOGRAPHIES were of famous, scrupulously straight white men? In terms of our national culture that seems epochs ago: a dull, deceitful time before civil rights activism, women's studies (which insists that the personal is political), and the gay and lesbian movement (which airs out the closet) actually triumphed. In terms of biography we have had a significant revolution, and our entire vision has been transformed.