It is a risky (and risque) business becoming 'Woman Triumphant' - exercising total power over men like Rusty Godowski. Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood star like everyone else at Buck Loner's academy, but now that Buck's niece, Myra Breckinridge, has arrived, the curriculum is taking a wildly strange turn. Willing to risk all to be superb and ...Read MoreIt is a risky (and risque) business becoming 'Woman Triumphant' - exercising total power over men like Rusty Godowski. Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood star like everyone else at Buck Loner's academy, but now that Buck's niece, Myra Breckinridge, has arrived, the curriculum is taking a wildly strange turn. Willing to risk all to be superb and unique, Myra means to prove to her old friend Dr Montag that it is possible to work out in life all one's fantasies - and survive. 'From Myra's fist appearnce on the page she was a megastar', explains her creator, Gore Vidal. Myra caused a second furore when she returned in Myron to battle it out with her eponymous alter ego, a drab little man fallen into marriage and a job in Chinese catering. Theirs is a contest of hormonal roulette, with glorious Myra off on time-travelling missions of mercy back to 1948 to try to change cinema history and to introduce her own radical theories of popuation control. Meanwhile Myron tries desperately to stay in the present as inconspicuously as Mrya will allow.Read Less
Very good in good dust jacket. Jacket has a few small edge tears, now in mylar. Text is unmarked with tight binding, slight corner bends to cover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 417 p. Audience: General/trade.
417 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Remainder mark on top edge. FICTION. In Gore Vidal's delightfully campy 1968 satire, Myra Breckenridge is a gay man who has had a sex-change operation. She travels to California to teach at a drama school and write about 1940s movie stars. The character of Myra allows Vidal all sorts of political fun with sexual stereotypes; he also uses alternating narrators to tell Myra's story. In Myron, published six years later, Vidal continues the story as Myra is transported back to 1948, reverting to her masculine self in the process, to become a B-movie star. MYRA BRECKINRIDGE was considered scandalous when it was first published, and achieved distinction as the first novel to portray a character who undergoes a sex-change operation. (Key Words: Fiction, Transexuals, Gore Vidal ).
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