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Book Title: Gallery|
The author of the book: John Horne Burns
ISBN 13: 9780380016679
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: February 28th 1984
Format files: PDF
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John Horne Burns served as a US intelligence officer in North Africa and Naples during World War II. He returned from the war to write The Gallery, a bestseller that also earned the admiration of such writers as Edmund Wilson, Norman Mailer, and Gore Vidal. No other book succeeds so well in capturing the confused feelings of horror, cynicism, rage, self-loathing, and desperate, inarticulate desire with which many Americans emerged from the war. Set in occupied Naples in 1944, The Gallery takes its name from the Galleria Umberto, a bombed-out arcade where soldiers and civilians come together in pursuit of food, drink, sex, money, and oblivion. A daring and enduring novel, and one of the first to look directly at gay life in the military, The Gallery surveys the devastated world left behind by what Paul Fussell calls, in his new introduction to Burns's masterpiece, "the worst war in history."
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Read information about the authorJohn Horne Burns (7 October 1916 – 11 August 1953) was a United States author. He is best known as the author of the 1947 story-cycle The Gallery, which depicts life in Allied-occupied Naples, Italy, in 1944 from the perspective of several different characters. In this work he explores the themes of material and class inequality, alcoholism, relations between the sexes, and sexuality in general, including homosexuality, with the encounter between American and Neapolitan culture as a general thematic backdrop. The "Gallery" referred to is the Galleria Umberto I in down-town Naples.
Burns's works often feature homosexual themes, and he is known as a gay novelist. As recorded by his contemporary Gore Vidal, Burns said that "to be a good writer, one must be homosexual, perhaps because his or her marginalized status provides the gay or lesbian author with an objectivity not attainable within mainstream culture." Burns's fiction though, is not exclusively restricted to gay themes. Some of his fictional pieces use a heterosexual female perspective, and conformity to class as well as gender expectations plays a large role in these texts.
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