An upper class Oxford-educated Englishman, Colin Turnbull's life long affair with the African Pygmies made him one of the most famous intellectuals of the 1960s and '70s. In an intimate portrait of a remarkable man-at various times a gold-miner, builder of "The African Queen" and anti-death penalty advocate-Grinker describes how Turnbull fell in love with a beautiful, poor African American named Joe Towles who became as much Turnbull's heroic creation as did the Pygmies. For 30 years, they lived as an openly gay, interracial couple in New York City and rural Virginia until Joe's death of AIDS in 1988. Devastated, Turnbull buried his own spirit in a second coffin laid next to Towles, gave away most of his money, and until his own death from AIDS in 1994, lived as a Buddhist monk tutored by the Dalai Lama's eldest brother. This is a compelling story of a celebrity scholar, his sexuality and his passion for a fiercely lived life.

Paperback
In the Arms of Africa will be published in paperback
in November, 2001 by the University of Chicago Press.

Author  About the Author, Roy Richard Grinker.
Author Appearances    Radio interviews and book signings
Chronology   Timeline of Colin M. Turnbull's Life
Contact   To order review copy or arrange for an interview with Roy Richard Grinker
   
Excerpts   1 / 2 / 3 
Inhabitants
of the Rain Forest
  The Mbuti Pygmies and Farmers
In the News     
Multimedia   Quicktime movie of Joe Towles, Colin Turnbull and more.
Order   To order the book.
Photos   1/ 2/ 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13
Press Release   In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull
Reviews   Reviews of In the Arms of Africa.

 

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