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Bertram Cope's Year 

Bertram Cope's Year

Written by: Henry Blake Fuller
Edited by: Joseph Dimuro

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: September 21, 2010
288pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551117409 / 1551117401

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In 1918, when Henry Blake Fuller was 62 years old, he completed the manuscript of a novel, Bertram Cope's Year. Though Fuller was well known as an accomplished realist and had published twelve previous novels, this work was his first published fiction to address the topic of homosexuality. In the novel Bertram Cope, a handsome young college student, is befriended by Medora Phillips, a wealthy older woman who tries to match him with several eligible young women. However, Bertram is emotionally attached only to his friend and housemate, Arthur Lemoyne. The novel's portrayal of their friendship is subtle, but has clear overtones of sexual attraction.

Appendices focus on the novel's composition, reception, and place in contemporary discourses about attraction between men.


"Joseph Dimuro has produced a critical edition of Bertram Cope's Year that is lucid and well-researched; it is a fitting study of an important novel. Adding previously unpublished material from Fuller's journals and – excitingly –from the novel itself makes this edition a delight for readers, critics, and researchers alike. This Broadview Edition shows how modern Fuller was in his treatment of gay men, and their relationships with women and each other." – Keith Gumery, Temple University

Joseph Dimuro is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles and the editor of the Broadview Edition of Henry Blake Fuller's The Cliff-Dwellers.

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Henry Blake Fuller: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

Bertram Cope's Year

Appendix A: Fuller's Emendations to Bertram Cope’s Year   

Appendix B: From Anatole France, The Garden of Epicurus, 1923   

Appendix C: Writings by Henry Blake Fuller 

  1. From Edmund Dalrymple, 1904     
  2. At Saint Judas's from The Puppet Booth: Twelve Plays, 1896     
  3. "When Robert Sings," nd   

Appendix D: Fuller's Diary Entries, 1874-1879   

  1. From "A Legacy to Posterity," 1874-1879     
  2. From "Allison Classical Academy," 1875 

Appendix E: Contemporary Reviews

  1. Burton Rascoe, Chicago Tribune (November 8, 1919)    
  2. Unsigned Review, Boston Evening Transcript (November 13, 1919)    
  3. Llewellyn Jones, "Henry B. Fuller Portrays Youth and Would-Be Youth," Chicago Evening Post (November 28, 1919)    
  4. Unsigned Review, "Under the Microscope," The Boston Post, nd    
  5. H.L. Mencken, "The Flood of Fiction," The Smart Set 61 (January 1920)    
  6. Keith Preston, "North of Chicago," "The Periscope," Chicago Daily News, nd
  7. From Carl Van Vechten, "Henry Blake Fuller," Excavations: A Book of Advocacies, 1926

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