“That my plans have lately gone somewhat awry is the sort of risk one must take if life is to be superb": First Edition of Gore Vidal's Myra Breckenridge; Inscribed to his Publicist Jay Allen

  • Myra Breckinridge.

Myra Breckinridge.

Item Number: 32029

Boston: Little, Brown, & Company, 1968.

First edition of this satirical novel by written in the form of a diary. Octavo, black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page to his publicist Jay Allen, “Jay- many thanks Gore.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a single closed tear. A nice association.

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".