chapter  20
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Stuart Engstrand, the Sling and the Arrow

The Sling and the Arrow (Creative Age Press, 1947) is a drama of latent homosexuality, and the chilling (not to say murderous) effect it can have on a marriage. The novel explains to the uninitiated how one may determine if a partner is potentially gay, although all the signs of such a condition are here guaranteed to insult and offend any gay male. So blatant is the sexual stereotyping of the latent homosexual that a reader with no immediate knowledge as to the book’s subject matter would be hard pressed not to identify its principal character, Herbert Dawes, as gay.