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Christine Jorgensen : A Personal Autobiography

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On December 1, 1952, readers of the New York Daily News were greeted with a banner headline: EX-GI BECOMES BLONDE BEAUTY: OPERATIONS TRANSFORM BRONX YOUTH. In the ensuing 18 months, more than half a million words about Christine Jorgensen rolled off the world's presses. In her own personable style, Jorgensen offers an intimate account of her groundbreaking life as the first world-renowned transsexual. "Nature made a mistake," she writes, "which I have corrected."

An entertainer who played clubs from Las Vegas to Havana, Jorgensen was both "banned" in Boston and named "Woman of the Year" in New York City. She hobnobbed with many of the celebrities of the day, including Judy Garland, Tennessee Williams, Natalie Wood, and Truman Capote.

Jorgensen's 1967 autobiography is a straightforward account of growing up as a boy with much inner conflict. It goes on to cover the decision to have the surgery, the procedure itself, and her successful career as a Las Vegas entertainer. This edition contains a new introduction by historian Susan Stryker.

Christine Jorgensen, Susan Stryker

Cleis Press

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Paperback, 310 pp.


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