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Jim Willard, former high-school athlete and clean-cut boy-next-door-, is haunted by the memory of a romanctic adolescent encounter with his friend ...Show synopsisJim Willard, former high-school athlete and clean-cut boy-next-door-, is haunted by the memory of a romanctic adolescent encounter with his friend Bob Ford. As Jim pursues his first love, in awe of the very same masculinity he possesses himself, his progresss through the secret gay world of 1940's America unveils surreptitious Hollywood affairs, the hidden life of the military in the Second World War and the underworld bar culture of New York City. With the publication of his daring thrid novel The City and the Pillar in 1948, Gore Vidal shocked the American public, which has just begun to hail him as their newest and brightest young writer. It remains not only an authentic and profoundly importatnt social document but also a serious exploration of the nature of idealistic love.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. No Dj. GHB/ no dj / light worn/creased blackcover, slight...Good. No Dj. GHB/ no dj / light worn/creased blackcover, slight shelf wear/ tear top/bottom spine, corners and edges 314 yellowing pages due to age pages neat and tight, pon front end page.
Description:Acceptable. Reading copy. May have damage to cover, notes,...Acceptable. Reading copy. May have damage to cover, notes, underlining, highlighting, but all text legible. May have tears to DJ or missing DJ.
Description:Acceptable. 1965 Hardcover First Edition (first revised). 249 p...Acceptable. 1965 Hardcover First Edition (first revised). 249 p. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Description:Very Good. No Jacket. Hard Cover. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 314 pages. A...Very Good. No Jacket. Hard Cover. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 314 pages. A darkened spine and top edge of back cover but still a nice copy of authors first book. Hard to find in this edition. Owners name written in front endpaper and on title page.
Description:210pp. Octavo [20 cm] Blue paper covered boards with a gilt...210pp. Octavo [20 cm] Blue paper covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. Near fine. The spine ends and corners of the covers are gently bumped. Minor scuff mark on the bottom edge of the text block. There is a previous owner's address label on the front pastedown. The dust jacket is in very good condition, with light rubbing and age-toning. The rear panel is a little stained, and there is a very small stain on the bottom edge of the front inside flap. There is also an old price sticker on the front inside flap. There are a couple of short closed tears in the top edge. From the dust jacket-"When The City and the Pillar was first published in 1948 it was received with shock and disbelief and most of the reviews were hostile. But it went on, nevertheless, to become a best seller not only in Europe, where it was taken seriously by the critics and won praise for the author from writers as discerning as Andre Gide and Thomas Mann."
Description:Very Good: shows moderate wear to the extremities, with fraying...Very Good: shows moderate wear to the extremities, with fraying just starting at the corner tips and wear at the head and heel of the back strip; top edge shows two small areas of blanching of the tint; the outside edges are somewhat tanned and there is a tiny stain at the bottom edge; mild rubbing and very faint, but pervasive soiling. Binding square and secure; text clean. Despite noted flaws, remains a sturdy copy with a clean text. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 314pp. Tan cloth over board with dark navy to black titles at the back strip. Hardback: Lacks DJ. Authors first book. Hard to find in this edition.
Description:Good. No dust jacket. clean and unmarked book. paper is lightly...Good. No dust jacket. clean and unmarked book. paper is lightly aged and the front end paper gutter is stressed but not loose. 314 p. the first gay novel in the u.s. to be done by a mainstream author and publishing house. it remains today as an excellent view of life of the homosexual in the day when repression when the societal norm and the individual search for fulfillment was at least difficult if not impossible.
This is the book that made Gore Vidal a power to be reckoned with. The first gay
themed book to make the NY Times best-seller list.
Be sure that it is thei original edtion; a later revised edition lacks the melodrama which
made it a best-seller,
The City and the Pillar is Gore Vidal's first overtly gay novel, published in 1948. He was blacklisted as a novelist for many years as a result, which is why he spent a lot of time writing for television and film. But there was no ignoring his talent, and his later publishing record speaks for itself ...
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