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Bertram Cope's Year

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This novel was perhaps the most daring and affirmative LGBT literature of the first two decades of the 20th century in America. In this story, Bertram Cope is a young college instructor, about twenty-four years old ("certainly not a day over twenty-five"), who is pursued by men and women, both younger and older than himself. In writing this novel, Fuller had to carefuly craft his plot schemes so as not to offend the sensibilities of publishers. As a result, today's reader is left somewhat, but not entirely, confused about the precise feelings that characters develop for one another by the end of the book. Nevertheless, no publishing house would touch it, which ultimately required that Fuller go the self-publishing route.

Bertram Cope's Year was the first novel by an established American writer that dealt exclusively with the subject of homosexuality. Although it did not achieve the notariety it deserved at the time, it set the tone for the increasingly open discussion of gay themes in literary form. (Introduction by James K. White)

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Henry Blake Fuller


1. Cope at a College Tea

2. Cope Makes a Sunday Afternoon Call

3. Cope Is "Entertained"

4. Cope Is Considered

5. Cope Is Considered Further

6. Cope Dines and Tells About It

7. Cope Under Scrutiny

8. Cope Undertakes an Excursion

9. Cope on the Edge of Things

10. Cope at His House Party

11. Cope Enlivens the Country

12. Cope Amidst Cross Purposes

13. Cope Dines Again and Stays After

14. Cope Makes an Evasion

15. Cope Entertains Several Ladies

16. Cope Goes A Sailing

17. Cope Among Cross Currents

18. Cope at the Call of Duty

19. Cope Finds Himself Committed

20. Cope Has a Distressful Christmas

21. Cope, Safeguarded, Calls Again

22. Cope Shall Be Rescued

23. Cope Regains His Freedom

24. Cope in Danger Anew

25. Cope in Double Danger

26. Cope as a Go Between

27. Cope Escapes a Snare

28. Cope Absent From a Wedding

29. Cope Again in the Country

30. Cope as a Hero

31. Cope Gets New Light on His Chum

32. Cope Takes His Degree

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