First Edition of Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge; Inscribed by Him To Poet Harvey Donegan
Item Number: 3334
Boston: Little, Brown, & Company, 1968.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a single closed tear. Inscribed by the author to poet Harvey Donegan, “Harvey from Gore Vidal”. A very bright copy.
Described by the critic Dennis Altman as "part of a major cultural assault on the assumed norms of gender and sexuality which swept the western world in the late 1960s and early 1970s," the book's major themes are feminism, transsexuality, American expressions of machismo and patriarchy, and deviant sexual practices. Harold Bloom cites Myra Breckinridge as a canonical work in his book The Western Canon. Made into the 1970 film, directed by Michael Sarne, and featured Raquel Welch in the title role. It also starred John Huston as Buck Loner, Mae West as Leticia Van Allen, Farrah Fawcett, Rex Reed, Roger Herren, and Roger C. Carmel. Tom Selleck made his film debut in a small role as one of Leticia's "studs".