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Outlaw: The Lives and Careers of John Rechy (Advocate Books)

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When John Rechy’s City of Night first appeared in 1963, it was greeted with equal parts fanfare and horror. The unapologetically sexual story of a young gay hustler shocked readers with its frank treatment of a subject most knew about but chose to pretend did not exist. Yet more shocking was Rechy’s revelation that the book was largely autobiographical. For a street hustler to reach literary fame and widespread acclaim was unheard-of, especially if he was gay. Rechy continued to publish explosive novels, including Numbers, The Sexual Outlaw, and Rushes—even as he continued hustling seedy Hollywood Boulevard—and soon became an integral part of the new literary elite that included Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, and Christopher Isherwood. In this enlightening biography, Charles Casillo provides an absorbing picture of the outlaw writer, examining the dichotomy of Rechy’s life as both a respected author and professor and a tough-as-nails sex worker. Working closely with Rechy himself as well as his family, friends, admirers, and colleagues, Casillo presents a complex portrait of a man who found sexual liberation through prostitution and used it to create a vivid and influential artistic legacy.

The work of John Rechy: Bodies and Souls, City of Night, Coming of the Night, The Fourth Angel, Marilyn’s Daughters, Numbers, Our Lady of Babylon, Rushes, The Sexual Outlaw, and The Vampires.

Charles Casillo is a Los Angeles–based freelance writer. He is the author of The Marilyn Diaries, a novel about Marilyn Monroe.

Synopsis:

An insightful look at the dual life of controversial novelist John Rechy.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 303) and index.

About the Author

Charles Casillo is the author of the novel The Marilyn Diaries and the biography Outlaw: The Lives and Careers of John Rechy. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, New York magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. He

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555837341
Subtitle:
John Rechy
Author:
Rechy, John
Author:
Casillo, Charles
Publisher:
Advocate Books
Location:
Los Angeles, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Multicultural Education
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Rechy, John
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
An Advocate Books Life Story
Series Volume:
2000-06
Publication Date:
December 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 5.75 in

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