The University of Wisconsin Press
Gay Studies / Autobiography / Film
Growing Up Gay at the Movies
Patrick E. Horrigan
Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies
"Widescreen Dreams is a terrific book and an impressive debut."
William J. Mann
In 1973, a sweet-tempered, ferociously imaginative ten-year-old boy named Patrick Horrigan saw the TV premiere of the film version of Hello, Dolly! starring Barbra Streisand. His life would never be the same. Widescreen Dreams: Growing Up Gay at the Movies traces Horrigan's development from childhood to gay male adulthood through a series of visceral encounters with an unexpected handful of Hollywood movies from the 1960s and 1970s: Hello Dolly!, The Sound of Music, The Poseidon Adventure, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Wiz.
"Horrigan transforms a series of his critical writings on film into a touching and insightful look at a gay youth coming of age This fascinating autobiographical tribute to American film-making is highly recommended."Library Journal
Patrick E. Horrigan is associate professor of English at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. He is the author of a play, Messages for Gary, and lives in Manhattan.
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FIRST PAPERBACK EDITION
LC: 98-017528 HQ
256 pp. 6 x 9 24 illus
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"[Horrigan's] personal anecdotes illuminate the complex relationship between film and the imagination."
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