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SodometriesRenaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities$
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Jonathan Goldberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232215

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232215.001.0001

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Tailpiece: From William Bradford to William Buckley

Tailpiece: From William Bradford to William Buckley

(p.247) Chapter 8Tailpiece: From William Bradford to William Buckley

Jonathan Goldberg

Fordham University Press

Liebman's public declaration was to announce his homosexuality. Leibman's coming-out letter is a performance of the closet, with repeated hints that what he is declaring publicity in his letter will not surprise Buckley in the least. Buckley's sanctimonious reply is equally such a performance, trading in what “is as irresistible to us, as it is to you.” Recloseted, reconverted, Liebman is instructed in Buckley's quasi-paternal message to recognize how he may remain the friend and comrade, what he must do to retain his love.

Keywords:   Liebman, homosexuality, William Bradford, William Buckley, friend, comrade

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