Men Who Loved Me: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel

Men Who Loved Me: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel

by Felice Picano
     
 

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The Harrington Park Press and Southern Tier Editions are proud to bring three classics of gay literature-the collected memoirs of Felice Picano: Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children; Men Who Loved Me; and A House on the Ocean A House on the Bay to a new generation of readers! Felice Picano, a member of the Violet Quill group of writers who introduced

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The Harrington Park Press and Southern Tier Editions are proud to bring three classics of gay literature-the collected memoirs of Felice Picano: Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children; Men Who Loved Me; and A House on the Ocean A House on the Bay to a new generation of readers! Felice Picano, a member of the Violet Quill group of writers who introduced gay fiction to mainstream literary readers in the late 1970s-forever changing our perception of Gay American lives-is a modern maestro. Literate, witty, and wise, Picano is steeped in the great novelist's traditions of Proust, yet retains a uniquely American voice in his memoirs. A consummate Baby Boomer, Picano is perfectly poised to illustrate the growth of a nation's emerging consciousness through his own burgeoning awareness of self. The life he peers into in these three books is no less than a fresh perspective on American Gay Life-from a seemingly prosaic 1950s childhood, to the expansive 1960s and the liberated 1970s, ending on the eve of the AIDS pandemic in 1980. Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children, Picano's bold, funny, and outrageously honest memoir of suburban 1950s childhood, forever altered how we remember childhood and how we think of it today. So scandalous at the time that the book's first shipment to Great Britain was seized and burned on the London docks, Ambidextrous has become a much-prized classic. Men Who Loved Me, the second installment of Picano's memoirs, picks up the thread of his life in the mid 1960s. Sexually unresolved and unsuccessful in his relationships with women, unhappy in work and unfulfilled in life, Picano flees to Europe and settles in Italy in the golden era of Cinecitta, Rome's version of Hollywood. Even after he falls in with the questionable glamour of the time, his adventure is not over. He returns to Manhattan and a suddenly very gay world. This funny and sad remembrance of a Europe and New York that has entirely changed

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Picano's zesty, autobiographical novel depicting 20 years in the life of a brainy, gay bon vivant launches Masquerade's Hard Candy imprint dedicated to ``non-pornographic gay men's fiction.'' (Dec.)
Library Journal
This second installment of Picano's fictionalized autobiography (following Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children , Gay. Pr., 1985) covers a relatively brief period in the mid-1960s when the author was in his early 20s. It has two main focal points--a sojourn in Rome during which he fulfills his objective of becoming homosexual and his life as one of the Jane Street ``girls'' back in New York a couple of years prior to Stonewall. In part the tale of a young man's search for identity and an examination of life in a world on the verge of change, its often pretentious, self-indulgent, and gossipy tone also suggests a put-on (at least one hopes it's a put-on) of the tell-it-all tales now so popular. It is further marred by loose editing (i.e., implausible time frames, Michael York playing Tybalt and not Mercutio in Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet ) and a weak ending. Still, it has some wonderful episodes--e.g., tea with ``aunty'' W.H. Auden--and thus should find an audience. For popular fiction collections.-- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780453007009
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/24/1989
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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