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Outlines : Armistead Maupin Paperback – 1 May 1999
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From the Publisher
A portrait of the most popular gay novelist of them all.
Some Press Coverage from Patrick Gale's wonderful Biography.
This biography of Armistead Maupin is a brief guide of his life to date. It ranges from his upbringing in a family dominated by a strong southern patriarch, to the source of his inspiration for his characters, to his exposure to celebrity as one of the first out public figures and his battle with the closet in all its forms, particulary in Hollywood.
Stephen Place Gay Community News Nov 99
Patrick Gale is not only a fan but a friend of Armistead Maupin. This is an intimate book, yet Gale manages to strike an even balance between personal details and biographical facts; the two writers friendship enhances the story rather than getting messily in the way. Patrick Gale also writes warmly about Maupins long-time friendship with Terry Anderson and presents a loving portrait of a rather remarkable fellow writer.
Gary Pulsifer Gay Times Sep 99
Whether you are a hard-core Tales of the City fan or just someone casually interested in the life of one of the gay communitys most colourful celebrities, you will be delighted with this new literary portrait of writer Armistead Maupin. Most of the material was taken from 10 days of conversations with Maupin which Gale recorded on a recent visit to San Francisco. The books conversational style is perfect for its deliciously gossipy content.
Lifestyles (books)Dallas Voice. 27.08.99
This is a wonderful biography of the man by Englishman Patrick Gale, who is himself a popular gay author and a close friend of Armistead Maupin. Maupins sex-life, his lovers battle with AIDS, his frienships with Andy Warhol, Christopher Isherwood and David Hockney make this book a breathtaking study of a reamrkable life.
Mel Pick Time Out
From the Back Cover
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City grew from a small San Franciscan phenomenon into a six volume novel sequence that spawned two television miniseries and a benign global cult kept alive by an army of fiercely obsessive fans. As well as writing subsequent novels, Maybe the Moon and the forthoming The Night Listener, Maupin has become a generous champion of gay rights, accepting that what began as an entertainment for local readers has changed people's lives across the world. Thrown into gay politics when the Rock Hudson AIDS story first broke, by commiting one of the first acts of outing before the activity was even a verb, he has gone on to challenge mainstream thinking on subjects as diverse as drugs, dwarfs and gay teenagers.
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The book give a lot of background information about Armistead Maupin. You can see where events in his life were later woven into the Tales lore as well as The Night Listener.
I purchased the digital copy of this book to keep on my Kindle.