Professor Emeritus who did articles about Russia for the Encyclopedia of Homosexuality.
Ph.D. University of Californa, Berkeley (Slavic Languages and Literatures).
Research interests: The cultural figures of Gogol, Chekhov, Tsvetaeva, Nabokov, and I. Stravinsky; music, especially Russian composers; the interaction of Russian literature with French, English and German cultures; women's studies and gay literatures.
Current projects: An autobiographical memoir. A study of Chekhov as a Russian playwright.
The Sexual Labyrinth of Nikolai Gogol. 2nd ed.: Chicago University Press, 1992. Marina Tsvetaeva: The Woman, Her World, and Her Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 1985, 1987, 1988. Russian Drama from Its Beginnings to the Age of Pushkin. University of California Press, 1986, 1987. Dear Bunny, Dear Volodya: The Nabokov-Wilson Letters, 1940-1971, editor. Harper & Row,. 1979, 1980. Revised and Expanded Edition, 2001. Letters of Anton Chekhov. Co-editor with Michael Henry Heim. Harper & Row, 1973. 2nd ed.: Anton Chekhov's Life and Thought. Northwestern University Press, 1998. Vladimir Zlobin, A Difficult Soul: Zinaida Gippius. Edited and annotated. University of California Press, 1980. Boris Poplavsky, Collected Works. 3 vols. Co-editor with Anthony Olcott. Berkeley Slavic Specialties, 1980, 1981. The Bitter Air of Exile: Russian Writers in the West 1922-1972. Co-editor with Alfred Appel, Jr. University of California Press, 1977. Marina Cvetaeva: Her life and Art. University of California Press, 1966.
Russia's Gay Literature and Culture: The Impact of the October Revolution. In Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. Edited by Martin Bauml Duberman, Martha Vicinus, and George Chauncey Jr. New American Library, Penguin 1989. Three articles in The Christopher Street Reader. Edited by Michel Denneny, Charles Ortleb, and Thomas Steele. Coward-McCann, Inc. New York 1983. --- 1. The Case of Gennady Trifonov 2. Sergei Diaghilev: Public and Private 3. Decadence Russia's Gay History and Literature from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Centuries. In Gay Roots: Twenty Years of Gay Sunshine. Edited by Winston Leyland. Gay Sunshine Press, San Francisco 1991. Revised from an article published in 1976.