A Secret Gay Love Story of William Clark in the Gilded Age
When I wrote the love story, Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved On The Titanic, I had trouble finding out anything about “gay” people from the Edwardian era. Or from any time period prior to the 1960s for that matter. That’s because everyone was so closeted and secretive the word gay wasn’t even used to represent people who loved the same sex. For the most part, it just wasn’t mentioned at all. So everything in my book is total fiction. However, there were “gay” people around back then and there always have been.
One man was a San Francisco shop clerk. His lover was the heir to a Gilded Age fortune. The story of their romance uncovers an America strangled by prejudice and fear.
Here’s more. It’s a long piece but well worth the read. You won’t be disappointed. It’s about Will Clark, from the Clark fortune, who is also the brother of Huguette Clark. She was the eccentric heiress who wound up living out the remainder of her life in a hospital in NYC even though she wasn’t really sick.
I’m reading a very interesting biography right now titled, The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark, by Meryl Gordon. I’m loving the book, but aside from the book’s main focus on Huguette Clark, the author mentions that one of Clark’s half brothers was constantly involved in ‘homosexual’ activity that was always kept quiet.