Paul Monette

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Paul Monette
Monette on the cover of West of Yesterday, East of Summer
Born(1945-10-16)October 16, 1945
Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
DiedFebruary 10, 1995(1995-02-10) (aged 49)
Cause of death HIV/AIDS
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Alma mater
OccupationAuthor, poet and LGBT rights activist
Known forThe Monette-Horwitz Trust
Notable work

Paul Landry Monette (October 16, 1945 – February 10, 1995) was an American author, poet, and activist best known for his essays about gay relationships. [1]


Life and career

Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from Phillips Academy in 1963 and Yale University in 1967. Conflicted about his sexual orientation, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught writing and literature at Milton Academy. In 1978 he moved to West Hollywood with his romantic partner, lawyer Roger Horwitz (November 22, 1941 – October 22, 1986). He wrote and published several novels during this time period, starting with Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll in 1978, which featured a gay protagonist. [2] Monette himself later described the books he produced in this time period "glib and silly little novels." [2] His more serious work came later in his life and was largely driven by his experiences with AIDS. Monette's most acclaimed book, Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, chronicles Horwitz's fight against, and eventual death from, AIDS. He wrote Afterlife (1990) and Halfway Home (1991) which were centered around people with AIDS and their families' experiences. [2] He once said in an interview that "One person’s truth, if told well, does not leave anyone out." [3] Because of this belief, he tried to tell the truth in a way that gave a voice to a community that was usually left out. [3] His 1992 memoir, Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, tells of his life in the closet before coming out, culminating with his meeting Horwitz in 1974. [4] Becoming a Man won the 1992 National Book Award for Nonfiction. [5] Monette also wrote the novelizations of the films Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Scarface (1983), Predator (1987) and Midnight Run (1988), as well as the novels Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll (1978), Afterlife (1990) and Halfway Home (1991).

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Monette's grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills Paul Monette grave marker.jpg
Monette's grave at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills

Monette's final years, before his own AIDS-related death, are chronicled in the film Paul Monette: On the Brink of Summer's End by Monte Bramer and Lesli Klainberg. [6] "By the end of his life, Monette had healed most of his psychic wounds, but his rage persisted." [7] He said, "go without hate, but not without rage; heal the world." [7] He had tried to use his rage to heal the world through his writing and activism. Monette died in Los Angeles, where he lived with his partner of five years, Winston Wilde. [8] Monette was survived by Wilde; his father, Paul Monette Sr., and his brother, Robert L. Monette. [9] Horwitz and Monette are buried alongside each other at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California.

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The Monette-Horwitz Trust

Shortly before his death in 1995 Monette established the Monette-Horwitz Trust to commemorate his relationship with Roger Horwitz and to support future LGBT activism and scholarship. Monette's brother Robert served as the appointed Trustee until his death in 2015. [10] [11] Monette-Horwitz Trust Awards are given annually to individuals and organizations for their contribution to eradicating homophobia through their literary, scholarly, archival, or activist work. The award's eight-member advisory committee includes Monette's surviving partner, Winston Wilde and the writer Terry Wolverton. [12] The Lesbian Herstory Archives and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives received the inaugural Monette-Horwitz Trust Awards in 1998. Other organizations which have since been recipients include Athlete Ally, Naz Foundation India and the Addison Gallery of American Art. [13] Among the individuals who have received the award are Sunil Pant, [14] Lillian Faderman, [15] Allan Bérubé [16] and Leslie Feinberg. [17]

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  5. "National Book Awards – 1992". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
    (With acceptance speech by Monette.)
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  13. Monette-Horwitz Trust (2015). Awardees. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
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