Gay But Not Happy
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The cover copy tells us that Rodney Manlove is gay but not happy about it. The name Rodney Manlove sounds so familiar I wonder if there was a series featuring him or I encountered similarly unclever names for gay men in trashy paperbacks.
In the bad old days gay men in popular fiction were usually never about it. The books would end with him staring into his drink or committing suicide. I think the few Greenleaf Classics I read shortly after coming out were the first gay novels (perhaps too grand a term for them) that ended with a gay couple happily in love. This was just before the fat gay potboilers of the Gordon Merrick era.
Wonder if the real Dick Dale (of Hot Licks fame) ever saw this cover? Can't imagine anything so unsexy being put on a book cover nowadays. Looks more like to straight insurance salesmen about to play six holes of golf before heading to the clubhouse for martinis.