The City and the Pillar Gore Vidal
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
An iconoclast ahead of his time, he candidly wrote about homosexuality in an early novel, The City and the Pillar, which got him blacklisted by book critics at the New York Times. Christopher Isherwood was one of them. The New York Times refused to review his next five books. The City and the Pillar: A Novel by Gore Vidal. The City and the Pillar was the first gay novel that I read, unaware that it had practically killed his career in the 1950s, forcing him to work under pseudonyms. Jim and Bob are all American teens who spend their last night of summer together. Very early photographic portrait of the 23-year-old Vidal, taken in the year that the publication of his controversial novel THE CITY AND THE PILLAR scandalized the mainstream press. Jim leaves home in search of Bob, his only love. �It is my wish to photograph people of all nationalities, who have made the decision to move from Ireland for economic reasons[:] in and around the city, juxtaposed with landscapes that are significant to their pasts. �Once you start talking to people and they make the choice of a place to sit, you start getting the impression that you're moving from place to place, that you're covering the entire city from pillar to post, really. Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at College of the Desert In 1947, Gore Vidal sent a copy of his soon-to-be-published novel, The City and the Pillar, to a number of established writers.