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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Press (13 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189979137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899791378
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 972,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Maupin’s 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 community’s 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 book’s 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. Maupin’s sex-life, his lover’s 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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Like the picture on the cover, this is a deceptively gentle book. A long discussion with Armistead Maupin, that moves backwards and forwards in time as conversations do, the informality of the book blurs the harsh outlines of being gay through the 60s and 70s and the struggle to come out. Underneath that cuddly exterior, Maupin is as tough as his old-style upright father. He is unrelenting in the pursuit of honesty, of being upfront about being gay, of opening the closet door and giving homosexual relationships some air to grow.We take much for granted now about gay life - this book lightly reminds us that much ground was painfully broken in the recent past, and much remains to be done. Gale and Maupin are two romantics, hard as candy, warm as toast, with a sharp steady eye on the world around them.
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Whilst a little of a fagiography, the book does give an insight into Maupin's early life and motivaiton and apart fromt eh obvious name dropping a great, short, read.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If You're A Fan of Armistead Maupin... 21 Jun. 2017
By Lars - Published on Amazon.com
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The paperback version of this book was gifted to me by a friend.

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A history 27 May 2014
By Judith Sanderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Armistead Maupin lived in San Francisco during a time of great awakening, at a time when people were putting words to their feelings. These were the years of the brave people who came out of the closet and publicly announced their sexual preference as gay. Maupin was instrumental in ths movement with his "Tales of the City" series. His biography was like an inside peek at what really happened. Loved it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 30 July 2014
By Gary - Published on Amazon.com
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Anything by Patrick Gale is enjoyable,and was good to get this picture of the guy who gave us tales of the city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Jun. 2016
By James E. Riffe - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal read. 31 July 2016
By Randall J. Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Phenomenal read, although it works best if you have read or are at least somewhat familiar with Maupin's books. My only issue was with the typeset. Much too small and for some reason a bit soft making for blurred vision. Despite this difficulty, I highly recommend it. Great job by Gale, and of course, Maupin.
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