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The City and the Pillar

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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 synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
BOB1252

BREAKTHROUGH

by BOB1252 on Feb 5, 2009

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,

ThVa

Vintage Vidal

by ThVa on Oct 9, 2008

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. Subsequent paperback editions of The City revised the ending, leaving it more ambiguous than the original, but the 1948 edition is a landmark in American literature.

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