MYRA BRECKINRIDGE / Gore Vidal / 1968
Myra Breckinridge / Gore Vidal / 1968
Gore Vidal stated that Myra was his favorite of all his writings; a feminist, transexual-focused satire (inspired structurally by the diaries of Anaïs Nin), taking giant stabs at American machismo and the patriarchy. Set in the glitz and tackiness of the Hollywood studio system, it’s a raunchy blast, and also happens to be the first novel in which a main character undergoes gender reassignment surgery. Critic Dennis Altman describes it as "a major cultural assault on the assumed norms of gender and sexuality which swept the western world in the late 1960s and early 1970s." Banned all over and deemed pornographic upon it’s release, it quickly became a bestseller, and was adapted into an awful film in 1970 starring Raquel Welch, but please read the fabulous book first before punishing your brain with the movie. Viva la Myra!
Little Brown / First Ed., 3rd Print / 264 pgs. / Solid copy with smudging to textblock and small jacket tears
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