Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade William Benemann

Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade

Author: William Benemann
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Book Title
Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade
Author
William Benemann
ISBN
9780803237780
The American West of the nineteenth century was a world of freedom and adventure for men of every stripe--not least also those who admired and desired other men. Among these sojourners was William Drummond Stewart, a flamboyant Scottish nobleman who found in American culture of the 1830s and 1840s a cultural milieu of openness in which men could pursue same-sex relationships.This book traces Stewart's travels from his arrival in America in 1832 to his return to Murthly Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, with his French Canadian-Cree Indian companion, Antoine Clement, one of the most skilled hunters in the Rockies. Benemann chronicles Stewart's friendships with such notables as Kit Carson, William Sublette, Marcus Whitman, and Jim Bridger. He describes the wild Renaissance-costume party held by Stewart and Clement upon their return to America--a journey that ended in scandal. Through Stewart's letters and novels, Benemann shows that Stewart was one of many men drawn to the sexual freedom offered by the West. His book provides a tantalizing new perspective on the Rocky Mountain fur trade and the role of homosexuality in shaping the American West.William Benemann is the author of A Year of Mud and Gold: San Francisco in Letters and Diaries, 1849-1850, available in a Bison Books edition, and Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: William BenemannPublisher: BisonPublished: 10/01/2012ISBN: 9780803237780Pages: 382Weight: 1.14lbsSize: 8.90h x 6.00w x 1.00dReview Citations: Booklist 09/15/2012 pg. 6Library Journal 09/15/2012 pg. 76

The American West of the nineteenth century was a world of freedom and adventure for men of every stripe--not least also those who admired and desired other men. Among these sojourners was William Drummond Stewart, a flamboyant Scottish nobleman who found in American culture of the 1830s and 1840s a cultural milieu of openness in which men could pursue same-sex relationships.

This book traces Stewart's travels from his arrival in America in 1832 to his return to Murthly Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, with his French Canadian-Cree Indian companion, Antoine Clement, one of the most skilled hunters in the Rockies. Benemann chronicles Stewart's friendships with such notables as Kit Carson, William Sublette, Marcus Whitman, and Jim Bridger. He describes the wild Renaissance-costume party held by Stewart and Clement upon their return to America--a journey that ended in scandal. Through Stewart's letters and novels, Benemann shows that Stewart was one of many men drawn to the sexual freedom offered by the West. His book provides a tantalizing new perspective on the Rocky Mountain fur trade and the role of homosexuality in shaping the American West.

William Benemann is the author of A Year of Mud and Gold: San Francisco in Letters and Diaries, 1849-1850, available in a Bison Books edition, and Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: William Benemann
Publisher: Bison
Published: 10/01/2012
ISBN: 9780803237780
Pages: 382
Weight: 1.14lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Booklist 09/15/2012 pg. 6
Library Journal 09/15/2012 pg. 76

The American West of the nineteenth century was a world of freedom and adventure for men of every stripe--not least also those who admired and desired other men. Among these sojourners was William Drummond Stewart, a flamboyant Scottish nobleman who found in American culture of the 1830s and 1840s a cultural milieu of openness in which men could pursue same-sex relationships.

This book traces Stewart's travels from his arrival in America in 1832 to his return to Murthly Castle in Perthshire, Scotland, with his French Canadian-Cree Indian companion, Antoine Clement, one of the most skilled hunters in the Rockies. Benemann chronicles Stewart's friendships with such notables as Kit Carson, William Sublette, Marcus Whitman, and Jim Bridger. He describes the wild Renaissance-costume party held by Stewart and Clement upon their return to America--a journey that ended in scandal. Through Stewart's letters and novels, Benemann shows that Stewart was one of many men drawn to the sexual freedom offered by the West. His book provides a tantalizing new perspective on the Rocky Mountain fur trade and the role of homosexuality in shaping the American West.

William Benemann is the author of A Year of Mud and Gold: San Francisco in Letters and Diaries, 1849-1850, available in a Bison Books edition, and Male-Male Intimacy in Early America: Beyond Romantic Friendships.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: William Benemann
Publisher: Bison
Published: 10/01/2012
ISBN: 9780803237780
Pages: 382
Weight: 1.14lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Booklist 09/15/2012 pg. 6
Library Journal 09/15/2012 pg. 76