City of Night by John Rechy

By John Rechy

John Rechy, recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s William Whitehead Lifetime fulfillment Award, wrote urban of evening in 1963. This radical and bold paintings, which introduced Rechy’s acceptance as considered one of America’s such a lot brave novelists, continues to be the vintage rfile of the garish neon-lit international of hustlers, drag queens, and males at the make who inhabited the gay underground of the early sixties.

When John Rechy's explosive first novel--now a classic--appeared in 1963, it turned a countrywide best-seller and ushered in a brand new period of homosexual fiction. daring and artistic in his account of the city underworld of male prostitution, Rechy is both unflinching in his portrayal of 1 hustling "youngman" and his look for self-knowledge in the neon-lit global of hustlers, drag queens, and males on all kinds of make. because the narrator strikes from El Paso to occasions sq., from Pershing sq. to the French sector, we get an unforgettable examine existence at the edge

"One of the most important books to be released considering international struggle II."--The Washington Post

"City of evening is a awesome book.... Mr. Rechy writes in an genuine jive-like slang: the nightmare life is explored with a readability infrequently clouded via sentimentality and self-pity. The e-book for this reason has the unmistakable ring of candor and truth."--The manhattan instances booklet Review

"Rechy's tone jewelry totally actual, is basically his personal, and he has the type of self-discipline which permits him a unprecedented and gorgeous recklessness. tells the reality, and tells it with such ardour that we're pressured to proportion within the existence he conveys. it is a such a lot humbling and freeing achievement."--James Baldwin

"Probably no first novel is so entire, so good held jointly, and so vital as urban of Night."--The Houston Post

"[City of evening] illuminates, it stirs the guts, it's unforgettable."--Herbert Gold

John Rechy is the recipient of the PEN-USA West's Lifetime success Award (he used to be the 1st novelist to be offered the prize) and the Publishing Triangle's William Whitehead Lifetime success Award. he's the writer of 11 different novels, between them Numbers, Rushes, The Sexual Outlaw (all from Grove Press), The spectacular Day of Amalia Gomez, and Our woman of Babylon. His latest novel, the arrival of the evening, was once released via Grove Press in 1999. An NEA recipient, he's additionally the writer of numerous performs, essays, and brief tales. John Rechy lives in l. a..

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92 Rita Felski, Uses of Literature (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008), 14. 93 Anne G. Berggren, “Reading like a Woman,” in Reading Sites, ed. Schweickart and Flynn, 167. Berggren mentions in particular a memory, from twenty years earlier, of being immersed almost helplessly in Pride and Prejudice: “I can’t stop reading, starting the 32 Everybody’s Jane novel again every time I finish. , 166. : Women Writers, Readers, and Literary History,” in Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction, ed. Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young (New York: Routledge, 2006), 47–70.

12 Rudyard Kipling’s story “The Janeites,” first published in 1924, was preceded by the following verse when it appeared in the 1926 collection Debits and Credits: “Jane lies in Winchester—blessed be her shade! / Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made! ” “The Janeites,” in Debits and Credits (Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926), 124. 13 Unlike period versions, updated screen adaptations of Austen often take advantage of the opportunity to explore her plot and characters in international settings: see Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, which transposes Emma to 1990s Beverly Hills, CA.

16 Pride & Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright, screenplay by Deborah Moggach (2005; Universal City, CA: Universal Studios, 2006), DVD; Becoming Jane, directed by Julian Jarrold, screenplay by Sarah Williams and Kevin Hood (2007; Burbank, CA: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2008), DVD. It remains to be seen what, if any, influence on the popular imagination will result from the most recent (at the time of writing) period screen adaptation of an Austen novel: Emma, directed by Jim O’Hanlon, screenplay by Sandy Welch (2009; Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2010), DVD.

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