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Schanke, Robert A.

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Comments from the author about writing: Studying history has always been my passion; as an undergraduate I was a history major in addition to majoring in speech and theatre. I am thrilled when conducting research in libraries and archives and finding new information that has never been seen or read before. Most of my writing has focused on recovering and reclaiming the legacies of theatre artists. We need to know that many of our icons--our heroes--were gay or lesbian and have contributed immensely to American culture. 

Literary awards received and date received:

2003 Best Gay and Lesbian non-fiction, presented by ForeWord Magazine, for the biography That Furious Lesbian: The Story of Mercedes de Acosta

Book Types: Nonfiction

Audience Types: Adult

Genre: Biography, Essays, History

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Yes for travel, lodging, meals, honorarium

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County: Polk

Books By This Author

  • Queer Theatre and the Legacy of Cal Yeomans, Palgrave-Macmillan, New York, 2011.

  • That Furious Lesbian: The Story of Mercedes de Acosta, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL, 2003.
  • Shattered Applause: The Lives of Eva Le Gallienne. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL, 1992.
  • Eva Le Gallienne: A Bio-Bibliography. New York, Greenwood Press. 1989
  • Ibsen in America. The Scarecrow Press, Inc., New York, 1988.


With Kim Marra

  • The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy. Michigan, 2005.
  • Staging Desire: Queer Readings of American Theater History, Michigan, 2002.
  • Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History, Michigan, 1998 .

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