Georges Claude Guilbert

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The City And The Pillar by Gore Vidal
The City And The Pillar by Gore Vidal
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first gay novel?, 31 Jan 2001
The City and the Pillar came out the year of the Kinsey Report and Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms. The Kinsey Report stunned America with the revelation that a tremendous proportion of Americans had at least one homosexual experience in their life; Capote's clever novel thrilled the literati with its gothic elements and sissy-meets-tomboy-before-finding-bliss-with-queeny-Cousin-Randolph storyline, while reassuring the dominant culture, because, yes, homosexuals were freaks. But Vidal's novel gave us the first ever boy-next-door as gay antihero, and that, beside its numerous literary qualities, is what makes it priceless.
A Streetcar Named Desire (Methuen Student Editions&hellip by Tennessee Williams
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, 26 Nov 2000
A Streetcar Named Desire is rightly seen by many as Tennessee Williams's best play. The least that can be said is that along with The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof it counts among his most haunting work. No-one can emerge unscathed from the New Orleans abode of Stella and Stanley, and Blanche surely remains the most pathetic - in the best sense of the word - theatrical character in the twentieth century. Complete with well-chosen pictures, Patricia Hern's 1984 Methuen student edition of A Streetcar Named Desire is ideal for secondary school and undergraduate students; the notes in particular are very useful for students of American Literature in non English-speaking countries… Read more