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Plot / Content:
Enlarge back cover for blurb. Chapter Titles include: Out of the Chancel, Into the Street, No Place for a Lady, Acting Style and the Sound of Juliet, Swinging Arden, Onnagata and Tan, Western Approaches, The Male Actress Takes Early Retirement, Diplomats in Dresses, Squalling Cats, Shame in the Ladies' Morgue, The Things that Are Done by a Nun, Amateurs, Enter Pursued by Laughter, Dames by the Dozen, All Legs and Limelight, Glamour Girls and Terrifying Termagants, Hollywood and Bust, Frock Tactics.
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Roger Baker was one of the first openly gay journalists in the UK. He died in 1993.
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She emerges from the mists of time and threads her way through the histories of all cultures and all nations. She is present at solemn religious rites and kicks up her skirts at anarchic celebrations which mock authority and chellenge the status quo. In the high drama of ancient Rome and Athens she was there to facilitate the ceremonies of rebirth and fertility. In the low theatre of the common people she has leered and flaunted her sexual ambiguity. Among the Indian tribes of North America she has, as a berdache, been institutionalised as an awesome representation of a third sex, one gifted with magical powers and invested with divine authority, uniting male and female into the undifferentiated sexuality of the primal creative force.
opening paragraph, Chapter One
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