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Rare Carl V. Corley Illustrated Map

Rare pictorial map of Louisiana, published by the Art and Model Unit, Public Relations and Educational Section of the Louisiana Department of Highways.

There were at least 4 different maps in the series, one of which was signed by Carl Corley as the artist.

The Carl V. Corley Papers (1930s to 1990s) are held at the Duke University Library.

Carl Vernon Corley Biography

Carl Vernon Corley is an author and illustrator.

Carl Vernon Corley was born in Florence, Mississippi, who would graduate from Florence High School. During World War II, Corley served in the South Pacific in the United States Marine Corps.

From 1947 to 1961, he lived in Jackson, Mississippi, and worked for the Mississippi State Highway Department as an illustrator and staff artist. From 1961 to 1981, he worked in a similar position for the Louisiana Highway Department. In both jobs, he designed and illustrated tourist guides, manuals, pamphlets, road maps, and traffic surveys. He provided the cover art for at least one book on Louisiana history. 

In the 1970s and early 1980s, he drew a comic strip dealing with Cajun folklore for the Eunice (LA) News. He also wrote and illustrated a Louisiana state history for a small press

Gay Art & Fiction

Beginning in the 1950s, Corley drew physique art for male beefcake magazines and for sale as posters. In the 1960s and 1970s, he wrote twenty-two novels of gay male pulp fiction.

From the 1970s into the early 1990s, Corley continued to write stories for gay pornography magazines. Corley also has written and illustrated non-erotic projects, including Louisiana history and religious books.

Gay historian John Howard, who rediscovered Corley's gay pulp novels in the 1990s, argues that Corley's work "complicates queer cultural studies by unsettling its urbanist roots." Corley's texts are not typical stories of gay young men from rural areas finding their ways to sexual liberation in cities, but instead describe "many complex nodes of circulation, not just aggregation".