The ordeal of remaining true to what his libido told him was right, in the midst of a disapproving and sometimes hostile society, is one side of his story. Another is the impulsive decision he made as a young adult to marry a woman who fascinated him. Beye found himself suddenly a husband, a widower, a groom for a second time, and, finally, the father of four children and grandfather of six. Along the way, he authored numerous well-regarded scholarly works in his field, taught at institutions like Yale, Stanford, and Boston University, and never abandoned his involvement with men. When one of those relationships proved long-lasting, an extraordinary happy conclusion resulted.
In My Husband and My Wives, Beye tells this deeply personal story with a winning mix of humor, intelligence, and honesty and provides an important and fascinating testimony to the evolution of social mores and gay life in this country. This wonderfully original, challenging, life- and love-affirming account could only have been written by the unconventional man who lived through it all.
Charles Rowan Beye is a retired professor of Ancient Greek. His books include Odysseus: A Life and Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Virgil with a Chapter on the Gilgamesh Poems.
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