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I'd like to add to your account of New York's Oscar Wilde Bookshop a little about the founder, Craig Rodwell ["The End of an Era," February 18]. Craig was one of the early pre-Stonewall activists whose view of gay liberation helped to shape the post-riot movement. Stonewall brought a dramatic increase in the number of people committed to gay political activism. The shop Craig founded in 1967 came about because he recognized the need for a central location for gays to obtain resources and experiences for their own path to liberation. The shop's founding was a political act rather than just an astute marketing insight.

Craig and I met at the shop when it was on Mercer Street, shortly after he opened. We operated the bookshop together for the next three years. That period of our history was an exciting and important moment to have witnessed. Craig would have been proud of what his first effort and 25 years of ownership of the shop brought to the gay community.

Fred Sargeant, Cuttingsville, Vt.
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Author:Sargeant, Fred
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Apr 1, 2003
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