Author: Elisa Rolle
Pages/Word Count: 760 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others.
Review: First off, let me say I had a hard time figuring how to review this book. It’s far removed from what I normally review. That being said, I was blown away by the wealth of information between these pages.
While reading, I was amazed by the research that had gone into it. Just thinking about the time and energy this author has spent compiling these facts about each couple, past and present, is mind boggling. We delve a little bit into each couple Miss Elisa spotlights, giving the reader a small snippet into their life; what they did for a living, how they met each other. A lot of the information here was new to me and made for some fantastic reading.
The author introduces us to unknown couples alongside those who were famous and made a huge impact on the world, from Hollywood directors and actors to scientists and royalty, writers and poets to those who started up important organizations. In Days of Love we see Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson, Sir Issac Newton, Marlene Dietrich, Marlon Brando, just to name a few. I was excited to read about some of the authors I personally know and the ones I have read: Jay Bell, Andrew Grey, Scotty Cade, TJ Klune, Eric Arvin and JP Bowie—again this is a small taste of what’s inside.
I feel this book would be of interest to anyone who loves history, especially LGBT history. As we see the world views changing in a positive way towards the LGBT community, some of the people in this book were pioneers without even knowing it. They loved who they loved and didn’t apologize for how they felt.
I love that this book is out there. I would definitely categorize this as a reference book, but at the same time such wonderful read.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
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