A Union Like Ours: The love story of F.O. Matthiessen and Russell Cheney with author Scott Bane

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Author Scott Bane will be at the library to read from and discuss his book A Union Like Ours, about the true-life love story of F.O. Matthiessen and Russell Cheney.


After a chance meeting aboard the ocean liner Paris in 1924, Harvard University scholar and activist F.O. Matthiessen and artist Russell Cheney fell in love and remained inseparable until Cheney's death in 1945. During the intervening years, the men traveled throughout Europe and the United States, achieving great professional success while contending with serious personal challenges, including addiction and chronic disease. The pair hid their relationship in plain sight, sharing a vacation home in Kittery. Through a modern lens, Scott Bane provides a window into the realities of same-sex couples in the early twentieth century.


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