The son of a diplomat, Philip M. Kaiser, he grew up in Washington, D.C., Albany, New York, Dakar, Senegal, London, England and Windsor, Connecticut. He has lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for many years.
Kaiser first started writing for The New York Times when he was an undergraduate at Columbia University. He has taught journalism at Columbia and Princeton.
Kaiser is a former reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and a former press critic for Newsweek. He has also written for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer, New York magazine, Vanity Fair, the Columbia Journalism Review and many other publications.
He is the author of 1968 In America, and The Gay Metropolis (both available from Grove Press). The Gay Metropolis was a Lambda Literary Award winner, as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2007 he was a memorable guest on the Colbert Report, where he discussed a new edition of The Gay Metropolis. He wrote the afterword for a new edition of Merle Miller's landmark work, On Being Different: What it Means to Be a Homosexual, which was published by Penguin Classics in the fall of 2012. That afterword was excerpted on the website of the New York Review of Books. He considers George Orwell to be the greatest journalist of the 20th century.
The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grove Press (June 10, 2007)
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of a Lambda Literary Award, The Gay Metropolis is a landmark saga of struggle and triumph that was instantly recognized as the most authoritative and substantial work of its kind. Filled with astounding anecdotes and searing tales of heartbreak and transformation, it provides a decade-by-decade account of the rise and acceptance of gay life and identity since the 1940s. From the making of West Side Story, the modern Romeo and Juliet tale written and staged by four gay men, to the catastrophic era of AIDS, Charles Kaiser recounts the true history of the gay movement with many never-before-told stories. Filled with dazzling characters — including Leonard Bernstein, Montgomery Clift, Alfred Hitchcock, and John F. Kennedy, among many others — this is a vital telling of American history, exciting and uplifting.
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