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Lorenz HartA Poet on Broadway$
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Frederick Nolan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.001.0001

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A Special After-dark Existence

A Special After-dark Existence

(p.236) 30 A Special After-dark Existence
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

Oxford University Press

So what was to be the pattern for the rest of Lorenz Hart's life was set on that 1938 European trip, which Hart claimed was his and Richard Rodgers's first vacation in six years. From this time forward, right after New Year's, he and Doc Bender would take off for somewhere. What sexual adventures they got up to, no one knows; but since Doc made no attempt to conceal his proclivities, and it was widely rumored that he was Hart's pimp. “Whatever sex Larry indulged in, and nobody is ever sure of what that was,” Joshua Logan said, “it was assumed Doc Bender found it for him. Larry never talked about his own private, sexual life. He had a special, after-dark existence.” Perhaps with good reason; the homosexual scene was still, of necessity, underground: sex between consenting male adults was as taboo in the late 1930s as it had been forty years earlier for Oscar Wilde.

Keywords:   Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Doc Bender, homosexual scene, taboo

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