Honest Robin: “Out” in 1911

In 1911, English Quaker Henry Bryan Binns, one of the earliest Whitman biographers, and a friend to Edward Carpenter, published The Great Companions, a book learly inspired by Whitman and Carpenter! "he book#s title is taken from Whitman#s prophesy of the emergen e of great ompanions, and the hapter#s title is taken from Whitman#s reminder that they would be the spiritual e$ui%alents of those pioneers who tamed the &meri an west! In this hara teristi %ignette, Binns seems to be alluding to period pra ti es of a tou h of makeup 'lipsti k() and the wearing of notorious olors su h as Wildean green, sure to trigger homophobi rea tions on the street! * +it hell ,antine -ould, urator, .ea%esof-rass!/rg


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