early "gay" cite (UNCLASSIFIED)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Sep 23 00:19:55 UTC 2011

On Sep 22, 2011, at 1:32 PM, Stephen Goranson wrote:

> ________________________________________
> From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Laurence Horn [laurence.horn at YALE.EDU]
> Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 1:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] early "gay" cite (UNCLASSIFIED)
> On Sep 22, 2011, at 12:39 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC wrote:
>> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
>> Caveats: NONE
>>> Of course, this is all pretty moot for the history of the lexicon as long as
>>> the 1933 ex. in HDAS holds up. If not, Grant's line loses its likelihood as
>>> a sexual reference. I do not have access to the book cited in HDAS: _The
>>> Young and Evil_, by Charles Ford and Parker Tyler (Paris, 1933). I consulted
>>> it at the NYPL forty years ago.
> I thought Yale might have it in their old book depository ("Long Term Shelving"), but the only holdings are:
> The Young and the Damned
> The Young and the Dead
> The Young and the Digital
> The Young and the Immortal
> The Young and the Old
> Nice cross-section, but I see no evil.
> LH
> \
> If you drop the second "the" it's listed:
> BEINECKE (Non-Circulating)
> Call Number:
> Za F75 933yb
Excellent point.  I checked "Young and the…", which didn't allow the correct title to surface.  In fact it's not just at Beinecke but in circulation--and not even in Long Term Shelving:

Author: Ford, Charles Henri. Title: The young & evil / Charles Ford & Parker Tyler ; with an illustrated introduction by Steven Watson. Published:   London : Gay Men’s Press, 1989, c1933. Description: 215 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Location: SML, Stacks, LC Classification Call Number: PS3511 O72 Y6 1989 Status: Not Checked Out

So Fred or I could check it out (in both senses), but I won't be back on campus until Monday.  I assume "Gay Men's Press" was not the original copyright holder from 1933, or we'd have a *real* scoop!  I'll track it down Monday unless i hear otherwise from Fred or other New Haven lurkers.


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