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It Was Too Soon Before …

(The unlikely life, untimely death, and unexpected rebirth of Gay Pioneer Dirk Vanden)
Author: Dirk Vanden

Toby Johnson, who once ran Liberty Books in Austin, introduces this rambling-rose memoir of a pioneering gay author you might have never heard of. Now almost 80, Richard Fullmer, reared as a devout Mormon, published his first gay story in 1961 under the pseudonym Dirk Vanden. It, along with some subsequent writings, are compiled here along with tales from his life that led to his latest persona, who concludes the book with some bizarre whimsies titled “The Wit & Wisdom of Gabriel Horny.” Lethe Press ( —Donalevan Maines

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