“A story of treachery and tenderness, Cecil Dreeme describes the spiritual struggles of an impressionable young American returned from Europe to the all-male haunts of lower Manhattan. This timely reprint of the popular nineteenth-century novel recalls the queer, Gothic past of the U.S. nation-state. Peter Coviello’s lively introduction describes the ambiguous pleasures of ardent comradeship in a shifting erotic and political landscape.”
—Heather Love, author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History
“Cecil Dreeme defies easy categorization. A mid-19th century queer/trans* novel, it mixes genres and perversities as it delights in combining Whitmanesque rhapsody with gothic dread, Wildean cosmopolitan seductions with very American scenes. This beguiling literary treasure provides us all with material for queer pleasure and pedagogy.”
—Lisa Duggan, New York University
"Cecil Dreeme is remarkable, compelling, and completely unclassifiable...This prophetic and rich novel whose very existence must be seen as surprising against the backdrop of 21st century skepticism as to the possibility of 'gay' literature in pre-modern times. It deserves the widest possible readership."
—The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review
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