The Complete Story

Drag: The Complete Story, by Simon Doonan, published by Laurence King is a cultural history of drag, from Rome to the Renaissance, through the reign of Ru Paul.

Author’s proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center to protect LGBTQ youth from the harms of homelessness.

“You come for the glamorous pictures and stay for the sizzling prose. Doonan writes like an angel with a sword: beautifully and provocatively.”

— NY Journal of Books

“Doonan divides the past and present landscape of drag into nine categories: glamour, art, butch, black, historical, comedy, poster, movie, and radical. Each chapter illustrates how drag queens and kings in those spaces or times periods have helped shape drag in some meaningful way—or, in the case of black drag queens, how they’ve shaped the LGBTQ community at large in a meaningful way.”

— FastCompany

“Whether you’re already a massive fan of drag culture, or just interested in learning more about the movement’s origins over the centuries — from tabloid scandal in the Victorian era to Emmy-award winning phenomenon in the 21st century — you’ll find something to love in Doonan’s extensive tome.”

— Bustle

“Drag: The Complete Story by Simon Doonan, writer, fashion icon and Creative Ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York, perfectly captures the delightfully drag-filled moment we’re currently living in, while offering a glimpse into the long legacy of drag. Over the course of the book, Doonan is able to shine a new light on drag, offering a fresh perspective on an art form that has long gone unrecognized.”

— Newsweek

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