NAKED CITY [Ex-Libris Ralph Ingersoll, Founder of PM Newspaper]
THE KNOWN WORLD
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A PLASTIC TOOL

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PARK, Jordan [pseud. C.M. Kornbluth]

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New York: Lion Books Inc., 1953. First Edition. 12mo. Mass market paperback. Pictorial wraps. Moderate wear and rubbing to wraps; spine creased and leaning slightly. Pages toned but clean and unmarked. Very good. 160pp. (Item ID: 22476)

Story of an intersex man who seeks to discover the cause of his physical differences and at last resigns himself to life as a woman after exploratory surgery reveals his "real" gender. Released just as Christine Jorgenson rose to fame and correspondingly marketed by the publisher to capitalize on the public interest in similar cases, the back cover claims that "here ó for the first time ó a novelist tackles the problem of a man who tries to change his sex." And indeed, this does seem to be the first novel dealing with medical transitioning (and not just intersexuality, hermaphroditism, etc.). Full of up-to-the-minute (for 1953) medical facts and anecdotes, the hero spends a day wrestling with the endocrinology section of his local library, where Lilli Elbe makes a brief cameo appearance: "He stumbled through an account of something called the Wegener-Sparre-Elbe case, snickered incredulously, decided it had nothing to do with him and skipped the rest of it." Referred to by male prounouns throughout the novel, during and after the climactic revelation that "he, Steven Barlow, had been found to be a woman," the hero transitions only by necessity and under medical pressure: not permitted to decide who he is, his struggle is in learning to accept what doctors belatedly discover and decide for him. A fascinating artifact from a turning point in cultural attitudes, told with genuine compassion within a paradoxical framework of biological determinism.


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