Authors & Events
Authors & Events
Dec 02, 2003
| ISBN 9781400030378
Aug 22, 2018
| ISBN 9780525565840
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Dec 02, 2003 | ISBN 9781400030378
Aug 22, 2018 | ISBN 9780525565840
A literary cause célèbre when first published in 1948, Gore Vidal’s now-classic The City and the Pillar stands as a landmark novel of the gay experience. Jim, a handsome, all-American athlete, has always been shy around girls. But when he and his best friend, Bob, partake in “awful kid stuff,” the experience forms Jim’s ideal of spiritual completion. Defying his parents’ expectations, Jim strikes out on his own, hoping to find Bob and rekindle their amorous friendship. Along the way he struggles with what he feels is his unique bond with Bob and with his persistent attraction to other men. Upon finally encountering Bob years later, the force of his hopes for a life together leads to a devastating climax. The first novel of its kind to appear on the American literary landscape, The City and the Pillar remains a forthright and uncompromising portrayal of sexual relationships between men.
Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was born at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was 19 years old and serving in the army, appeared in the spring of 1946. He wrote 23 novels, five plays,… More about Gore Vidal
“An artistic achievement.” —The Washington Post “One of the best novels of its kind.” —Christopher Isherwood, author of Goodbye to Berlin and Christopher and His Kind “Extremely sympathetic, penetrating and exhortive.” —New York Herald Tribune
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