The daring life and dangerous times of Eve Adams

by Katz, Jonathan, 1938-

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"On these pages, Eve Adams rises up, loves, rebels--her times, eerily resembling our own." --Joan Nestle, cofounder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives and author of A Restricted Country 

Historian Jonathan Ned Katz uncovers the forgotten story of radical lesbian Eve Adams and her long-lost book Lesbian Love

Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Eve Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912, took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications, and ran lesbian-and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. Then, in 1925, Adams risked all to write and publish a book titled Lesbian Love.

Adams's bold activism caught the attention of the young J. Edgar Hoover and the US Bureau of Investigation, leading to her surveillance and arrest. Adams was convicted of publishing an obscene book and of attempted sex with a policewoman sent to entrap her.

Adams was jailed and then deported back to Europe, and ultimately murdered by Nazis in Auschwitz. In The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams , acclaimed historian Jonathan Ned Katz has recovered the extraordinary story of an early, daring activist.

Carefully distinguishing fact from fiction, Katz presents the first biography of Adams, and the publisher reprints the long-lost text of Adams's rare, unique book Lesbian Love

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "She was born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, then immigrated to the U.S. in 1912. In her new country, she assumed a Waspy name, Eve Adams, and made friends with various anarchists, socialists, and bohemians, including Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, and Ben Reitman, who was known as Chicago's "King of the Hobos." She operated gay-and-lesbian friendly venues in both Chicago and New York (the Grey Cottage on East Chestnut Street was billed as Chicago's Greenwich Village Tea Room). If that wasn't enough, Adams went even further by publishing a book called Lesbian Love, a bold thing to do that caught the attention of J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureau of Investigation, forerunner of the FBI. This eventually led to her arrest for publishing an obscene book. Worse, she was also accused of a "homosexual advance" toward an undercover female police officer. Ultimately, Adams was deported back to Europe during WWII and perished in Auschwitz. It is a haunting tale sympathetically told by Katz. This is an impressive feat of research as well as a fascinating and important story about an unsung and, until now, invisible figure in gay history. As a bonus, Adams' 72-page Lesbian Love is included."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Adams, Eve.
Lesbians -- United States -- Biography.
Jewish women -- Poland -- Biography.
Publisher Chicago, Illinois :2021
Other Titles Lesbian love.
Contributors Adams, Eve. Lesbian love.
Language English
Notes "With the original text of Lesbian love"--Jacket.
"Original edition of Lesbian love 'printed for private circulation only' by Evelyn Addams [Eve Adams] in 1925"--Title page verso.
Description ix, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-273) and index.
ISBN 9781641605168
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