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Olsen, Craig - P.S. Burn This Letter Please

Olsen, Craig - P.S. Burn This Letter Please

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In 1950s New York, a group of drag pioneers found work in a small number of Lower East Side clubs, defying both the cultural norms of their time and the oppressive laws that criminalized their identities. Undeterred by the risks and the constant threat of arrest, these fearless individuals pursued their passion for performance and self-expression.


Craig Olsen's "P.S. Burn This Letter Please" is a captivating and historically significant account of these extraordinary drag pioneers, providing a glimpse into their lives, loves, and struggles against societal prejudice. Through the lens of personal letters discovered in 2014, the book sheds light on a hidden world of self-determined individuals who defied expectations and paved the way for future generations of LGBTQ+ people.

LGBT Themes:

  • Pioneering LGBTQ+ history and the fight for acceptance
  • Exploring the challenges and triumphs of LGBTQ+ identity in the 1950s
  • The power of self-expression and the importance of community

Relevant Tags:

  • LGBTQ+ History, Drag Culture, 1950s New York, Gay Liberation, Gender Identity, LGBTQ+ Rights, Social Justice, Cultural History, Letters, Non-Fiction

Awards & Recognition:

  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBTQ+ Nonfiction
  • Selected for the ALA Rainbow Book List

Title: P.S. Burn This Letter Please

Author: Craig Olsen

Genre: LGBTQ+ History, Non-Fiction

Pages: 224

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Release Date: August 10, 2023

Weight: 358 grams

Size: 153 x 239 x 22 mm

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