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Parisian Lives

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Nostalgic yet psychologically acute, 'Parisian Lives' chronicles the strange interconnections between Sir Arthur Lyly's career as a painter and his increasingly dangerous and desperate loves- for a Chicago gangster, a disturbed British sailor, a young Parisian tough, and a Spanish peasant boy.
Unknown Binding, 215 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by St. Martin's Press
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Excellent, and unjustly forgotten. With its crystalline prose rendering gleefully raunchy queer hijinks during a storied moment in history, think of something akin to A Moveable Feast penned by Jean Genet, even if that doesn't at all get to the wonderful singularity of Steward's fictionalized memoir.
Sam Steward a.k.a. Johnny Mac Andrews creates a fictionalised account of inter-war lives in Paris and a not so gay, gay underworld. His main character apart from himself is Sir Arthur Lyly, a painter, friend of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas and incurable seeker after dangerous emotions. Sir Arthur is no doubt fictional but probably comprises traits of a number of real characters Steward met on his trips to Paris in the thirties and some of the other characters also reappear in different form i ...more
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