||Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" has blazed a trail
through popular culture--from a groundbreaking newspaper serial
to a classic novel to a television event that millions watched
around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens
of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both
a wry comedy of manners and a deeply involving portrait of a
vanished era. Armistead Maupin is the author of "Tales of the
City", "More Tales of the City", "Further Tales of the City",
"Babycakes", "Significant Others", "Sure of You", and "Maybe
the Moon." The novels in his Tales sequence have been made into
television miniseries for both PBS and Showtime. Mr. Maupin
currently lives in San Francisco.
"A consummate entertainer who has made a generation laugh...It
is Maupin's Dickensian gift to be able to render love convincingly."
-- Edmund White, Times Literary Supplement
of the City (Tales of the City Series, V. 1)
Since 1976, Maupin's Tales of the City has etched
itself upon the hearts and minds of its readers, both straight
and gay. From a groundbreaking newspaper serial in the San
Francisco Chronicle to a bestselling novel to a critically
acclaimed PBS series, Tales (all six of them) contains
Tales of the City
"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco."
--New York Times Book Review
The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have fled their cozy nest
for adventures for afield. Mary Ann Singleton finds love at
sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her doppleganger
in a desert whore-house, and Michael Tolliver bumps into a
certain gynecologist in a seedy Mexican Bar. Meanwhile, their
venerable landlady takes the biggest journey of all'without
ever leaving home.
Few works of fiction have blazed a trail through popular
culture like Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City
series. Since its publication... Read
Tales of the City (Tales of the City Series, V. 3)
The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it
again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal.
While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement,
Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo,
DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic
psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux
loses her heart to a derelict living in San Francisco park.
Armistead Maupin's uproarious and moving Tales of the City
novelsthe first three of which are collected in the is omnibus
editionhave earned a unique niche in American literature,
not only as matchless entertainment, but as indelible documents
of cultural change in the seventies and eighties.
When originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle,
Tales of the City (1978), More Tales of the City
(1980) and Futher Tales of the City (1982) afforded
a mainstream audience of millions its first exposure to straight
and gay characters experiencing on equal terms the follies
of urban life.
Among the cast of this groundbreaking saga are the lovelorn
residents of 28 Barbary Lane: the bewildered but aspiring
Mary Ann Singleton, the libidinous Brain Hawkins; Mona Ramsey,
still in a sixties trance, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, forever
in bright-eyed pursuit of Mr. Right; and their marijuana-growing
landlady, the indefatigable Mrs. Madrigal.
Hurdling barriers both social and sexual, Maupin leads them
through heartbreak and triumph, through mail-biting terrors
and gleeful coincidences. The result is a glittering and addictive
comedy of manners that continues to beguile new generations
(Tales of the City Series, V. 4)
When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide
to start a family, they discover there's more to making
a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving
gay neighbor, a visiting monarch,... Read
Others (The Tales of the City Series, V. 5)
Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a
women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male
retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the
ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken
philanderer and the world's most beautiful fat woman.
Significant Others is Armistead Maupin's cunningly
observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual...
of You (Tales of the City Series, V. 6)
A fiercely ambitious TV talk show host finds she must choose
between national stardom in New York and a husband and child
in San Francisco. Caught in the middle is trheir longtime
friend, a gay man whose own future nis even more uncertain.
Wistful and compassionate, yet subversively funny, Sure
of You could only come from Armistead Maupin.
Books by Armistead Maupin
from THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - June 5, 1998
A Celebration Of the City
If PBS' ``Tales of the City'' caused a stir in Georgia, Tennessee
and Oklahoma, then ``More Tales of the City'' would bring Florida,
Alabama, Utah and several counties in Indiana into the ruckus, guaranteed.
Sputtering and fuming, too.
But Armistead Maupin's ``Tales of the City'' sequel, which cheerfully
revels in everything that gives so much of America the screaming
willies about San Francisco, is involuntarily bypassing PBS and
running instead on the Showtime pay-cable channel... [more]
from NETLIBRARY CHAT
is pleased to welcome you this evening to an interactive discussion
with Armistead Maupin, author of "the Tales of the City series",
"Maybe the Moon", and the forthcoming "The Night Listener".
Tonight's chat is the first in our series celebrating freedom of
speech and the continuing need to fight censorship. When the miniseries
based on his first Tales of the City novel was aired in the U.S.
in 1994, it garnered widespread critical acclaim & the highest ratings
ever recorded for a PBS drama series. It was honored with a Peabody
Award, two Emmy nominations and Best Miniseries recognition from
the National Board of Review. Vilified by antigay groups and officially
condemned by the legislatures of Georgia and Oklahoma, it ignited
a national debate about Artistic Freedom and homophobia. People
for the American Way called the program "the single most prominent
political target of the Religious Right in 1994." ... [more]
from SALON BOOKS - Sept. 6, 2000
talks about getting divorced, the self-ghettoization of gay lit
and the strange, true story behind his new novel of suspense.
For a writer
whose first book is so well-loved that people actually ask to be
buried with it, follow-up can be tough. Armistead Maupin's "Tales
of the City" series (which originally began as a newspaper serial)
has preoccupied most of the author's professional life -- he's worked
on two miniseries based on the books -- for the past decade or so.
There was 1992's "Maybe the Moon," a Hollywood novel narrated by
a dwarf actress, but it's only now that Maupin has returned to mining
his own life for fiction...[more]