The latest use of "gay" in the old sense in English literature?

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Subject: The latest use of "gay" in the old sense in English literature?
Posted by:  Robin Carmody (rob…@elidor.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003

"It was a golden September afternoon when they reached the town of Trebizon,
still sprinkled with holidaymakers in the cafes and souvenir shops in the
main street gay with summer awnings."

It doesn't sound so recent, but it actually comes from Anne Digby's "Boy
Trouble at Trebizon", originally published by Granada Publishing in 1980 -
my copy is a 1985 reprint of Dragon Books' 1981 publication.  I wonder the
1990s Puffin editions of the book retain the reference?

The latest I'm aware of in a pop song is Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again
(Naturally)" (he is singing "to think that only yesterday I was cheerful,
bright and gay ...", isn't he?) from 1972.

RC

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