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Myra Breckinridge/Myron Myron

by Gore Vidal

  • ISBN: 9780141180281
  • ISBN10: 0141180285

Myra Breckinridge/Myron Myron

by Gore Vidal

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Publish date: 09/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780141180281
  • ISBN10: 0141180285
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Description: When luscious Myra Breckinridge bursts upon the Hollywood scene, it is clear that she craves success. No one -- not aspiring actor Rusty Godowski, not his girlfriend, Mary-Ann Pringle, not powerful agent Letitia Van Allen -- remains untouched by Myra's quest. Her job teaching Empathy and Posture at the Academy of Drama and Modeling, owned by her uncle Buck Loner, gives her the perfect opportunity to vamp, scheme, and seduce her way into the undiscovered lives and passions of others -- while trying to keep a few secrets of her own.

In the sequel, Myron, the Breckinridge saga takes an increasingly bizarre turn. Myron seems to be an inconspicuous man with a sweet wife and a Chinese catering business, and Myra, determined to become a megastar, wages an outrageous battle for hormonal supremacy over the body she shares with Myron. In a tale that combines time-travel with the ultimate Hollywood fantasy, Gore Vidal leads us through the movie-star world of the fabulous forties as Myra attempts to alter cinema history.

When Myra Breckinridge first appeared in 1968, critics were delighted, baffled, and somewhat appalled by this comedy of sex change. (Readers made it the number-one best-seller.) Time magazine queried: "Has literary decency fallen so low?" Perhaps they should have asked, Has literature ever been so witty, so provoking, so intriguing? Thirty years later Myra has become literature's most famous transsexual. After all, this is her/his/their age.

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