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Carleton A. Hildreth (February 25, 1908 - March 12, 1977)

Lived: 89 East Bay Street, Charleston
141-145 Church Street, Charleston
Buried: Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Buried alongside: Harry Hervey
Find A Grave Memorial# 122346904

Today 89 East Bay Street is one the series of homes in the colorfully named Rainbow Row, which has no particular reference to the rainbow flag or other gay icons, although the area does have a gay history. Perhaps the most colorful presence here was Harry Hervey (1900-1951). Born in Texas and mostly associated with Savannah, GA, Hervey was a world traveler, novelist and film writer, famous mostly for his story for the classic film “Shanghai Express.” Hervey lived in Charleston in the mid-1920s openly with his lover Carleton Hildreth and wrote at least two of his books here, and used Charleston as decadent jazz age setting for his novel, “Red Ending.” Although he used coded language in some of his book to cloak a homoerotic meaning and subtext, he was often more explicit than many other closeted writers of his day. When it became known in Charleston that he was gay, he suffered for it, though he never seemed to care. Hervey bought this house and hoped to live in it, but lost it in the Depression and died broke.


by Elisa Rolle

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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ISBN-10: 1532901909
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141-145 Church Street were renovated as apartments and artist studios/shops in the 1920s. Often called “Pirate Houses,” they once were adorned with an anchor and a small metal sign created by Charleston gay artist Ned Jennings. Another gay man who lived here was author, explorer and adventurer Harry Hervey (1900-1951) who shared the premises in the late 1920s with his lover Carleton Hildreth. Hervey was one of the few “out” gay people in Charleston in this era; and he and his work suffered for it. One of his plays based in an all-male prison in North Africa was considered too homoerotic to be produced on Broadway. Hervey rewrote it as a novel, “The Iron Widow,” which was published in 1931, after he and Hildreth had left Charleston.


by Elisa Rolle

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/6228297
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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Historic Savannah hotels began with the original DeSoto Hotel. Still rich in history and culture, the newly-renovated Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel is situated downtown in the heart of Savannah's Historic District.
Address: 15 E Liberty, Savannah, GA 31401, USA (32.07415, -81.09289)
Type: Guest Facility (open to public)
Phone: +1 912-232-9000
Place
Built in 1890
Built on the site of Oglethorpe's Barracks, the original DeSoto hotel was Savannah's haven of hospitality and gathering place for celebrities, dignitaries, and presidents. Setting the bar for Savannah's tradition of gracious service, Hilton Savannah DeSoto continues as one of the Savannah Historic District's landmark hotels, providing an unmatched atmosphere for leisure and business travelers. Original crystal chandeliers shine brilliantly over the grand lobby of this iconic Savannah hotel.
Life
Who: Harry Clay Hervey (November 5, 1900 – August 13, 1951) and Carleton Hildreth (February 25, 1908 - March 12, 1977)
Harry Hervey was born in Beaumont, Texas, but was educated in Savannah, Georgia and Tennessee. He started writing at about age eight and sold his first work to H. L. Mencken at the age of sixteen. He spent much of his life at Savannah’s old Desoto Hotel, as his mother was in charge of housekeeping from 1923 to 1957. Hervey has traveled widely in Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. He authored twelve noels and numerous short stories ad screenplays. Harry Hervey was a life-long bachelor and died at the age of fifty in New York. Carleton Hildreth lived in Savannah, Georgia. He was an actor, writer, researcher, and copy editor, eventually working as proofreader for the Savannah Morning News. It was sometime during the 1920s that Hildreth met Harry Hervey. At the time, Hervey was living in Savannah with his mother, Jane Davis Hervey. For approximately thirty years, until Hervey's death in 1951, Hildreth and Hervey lived together as companions and collaborators working on a number of artistic projects. Hildreth helped type and research many of Hervey's novels and travel books, co-wrote plays and screenplays with him, and acted in at least one of their productions on Broadway. Hildreth accompanied Hervey to Southeast Asia and the Orient in the mid 1920s, and later spent time with him in Hollywood, California, where Hervey was employed as a successful screenwriter. After Hervey's death, Hildreth remained in Savannah working as a proofreader. Harry Hervey and Carleton Hildreth are buried next to Hervey’s mother, Jane Louise Davis, in Bonaventure Cemetery (330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404). “Even in his wildest moments, Hervey caught something true that those of us more than twice his age can only bow before." Pico Iyer.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/6228297
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IZ1BU9K/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

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