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Tailpiece: From William Bradford to William Buckley

Jonathan Goldberg

in Sodometries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232215
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232215.003.0008
Tailpiece: From William Bradford to William Buckley

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Liebman's public declaration was to announce his homosexuality. Leibman's coming-out letter is a performance of the closet, with repeated hints that what he is declaring publicity in his letter will not surprise Buckley in the least. Buckley's sanctimonious reply is equally such a performance, trading in what “is as irresistible to us, as it is to you.” Recloseted, reconverted, Liebman is instructed in Buckley's quasi-paternal message to recognize how he may remain the friend and comrade, what he must do to retain his love.

Keywords: Liebman; homosexuality; William Bradford; William Buckley; friend; comrade

Chapter.  988 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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