State University of New York at Stony Brook
                       Stony Brook, NY 11794
                                            Krin Gabbard
                                            Comparative Studies
                                            516 632-7460
                                            27-Jan-1997 01:54pm EST
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Subject: Mae West and Drag Queens
Dear Colleagues,
A friend writes:
A Claudia Roth Pierpont article on Mae West in the NEW YORKER cites
Marybeth Hamilton's book on Mae West as "pinpointing" West's creation
of her sexual persona as taking place while she (West)
was watching drag queens in the two gay productions she put on.  Is that a
fairly common idea or is it Hamilton's own?  If the latter, is it now
well-enough accepted to mention without defending in detail?
All comments welcome.
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