Brinig, Myron

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(1896-1991) US author in various genres – his linked tales, Singermann (1929) and This Man Is My Brother (1932; vt Sons of Singermann 1932), present perhaps the first non-stigmatizing portrayal of a gay protagonist in American literature. In his early Los Angeles (see California) sf novel, The Flutter of an Eyelid (1933), an opportunistic revivalist, seemingly based on Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), promises to put on show an exclusive Second Coming of Christ at her Ten Million Dollar Heavenly Temple. Her dupe "Jesus" levitates (see ESP) briefly, but soon falls into the sea after catching sight of a nude female bather; his flock follows. Almost immediately afterwards, an earthquake strikes, and the whole of Los Angeles (see California) sinks into the Pacific. [JC]

Myron Brinig

born Minneapolis, Minnesota: 22 December 1896

died New York: 13 May 1991

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