Bertram Cope's Year

Henry Blake FULLER (1857 - 1929)

This novel was perhaps the most daring and affirmative LGBT literature of the first two decades of the 20th century in America. In this story, Bertram Cope is a young college instructor, about twenty-four years old ("certainly not a day over twenty-five"), who is pursued by men and women, both younger and older than himself. In writing this novel, Fuller had to carefuly craft his plot schemes so as not to offend the sensibilities of publishers. As a result, today's reader is left somewhat, but not entirely, confused about the precise feelings that characters develop for one another by the end of the book. Nevertheless, no publishing house would touch it, which ultimately required that Fuller go the self-publishing route.

Bertram Cope's Year was the first novel by an established American writer that dealt exclusively with the subject of homosexuality. Although it did not achieve the notariety it deserved at the time, it set the tone for the increasingly open discussion of gay themes in literary form. (Introduction by James K. White)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Cope at a College Tea James K. White
00:20:19
Play 02 Cope Makes a Sunday Afternoon Call James K. White
00:12:59
Play 03 Cope Is "Entertained" James K. White
00:12:01
Play 04 Cope Is Considered James K. White
00:15:53
Play 05 Cope Is Considered Further James K. White
00:15:21
Play 06 Cope Dines--And Tells About It James K. White
00:17:17
Play 07 Cope Under Scrutiny James K. White
00:14:54
Play 08 Cope Undertakes An Excursion James K. White
00:13:37
Play 09 Cope On The Edge Of Things James K. White
00:14:26
Play 10 Cope At His House Party James K. White
00:15:30
Play 11 Cope Enlivens The Country James K. White
00:15:58
Play 12 Cope Amidst Cross-Purposes James K. White
00:14:58
Play 13 Cope Dines Again--And Stays After James K. White
00:22:20
Play 14 Cope Makes An Evasion James K. White
00:18:26
Play 15 Cope Entertains Several Ladies James K. White
00:19:56
Play 16 Cope Goes A-Sailing James K. White
00:17:32
Play 17 Cope Among Cross-Currents James K. White
00:18:21
Play 18 Cope At The Call Of Duty James K. White
00:23:31
Play 19 Cope Finds Himself Committed James K. White
00:16:13
Play 20 Cope Has A Distressful Christmas James K. White
00:18:50
Play 21 Cope, Safeguarded, Calls Again James K. White
00:19:19
Play 22 Cope Shall Be Rescued James K. White
00:14:10
Play 23 Cope Regains His Freedom James K. White
00:12:37
Play 24 Cope In Danger Anew James K. White
00:16:29
Play 25 Cope In Double Danger James K. White
00:12:34
Play 26 Cope As A Go-Between James K. White
00:16:26
Play 27 Cope Escapes A Snare James K. White
00:14:42
Play 28 Cope Absent From A Wedding James K. White
00:13:23
Play 29 Cope Again In The Country James K. White
00:14:18
Play 30 Cope As A Hero James K. White
00:13:14
Play 31 Cope Gets New Light On His Chum James K. White
00:13:21
Play 32 Cope Takes His Degree James K. White
00:12:50
Play 33 Cope In A Final View James K. White
00:17:05