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His reputation was built on tart criticism and erudite, patrician historical novels about Washington, D.

Myra Breckinridge – Wikipedia

The book is remembered, if at all now, as farcical and unserious. Moreover, its provocations gave it a key role in a series of televised debates between Vidal and William F.

Myra is an intrepid observer of the socio-politico-gendered condition, and 50 years ago she sounded an alarm about the threat hypermasculinity posed to the nation. By his own account, Vidal wrote the book as little more than a lark.

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But even until his death in he avoided discussing his sexuality publicly. Myra, claiming to be the widow of a film critic named Myron Breckinridge, installs herself in the Chateau Marmont scheming for property: Admiring the lusty agent Leticia Van Allen, she quips: The new American woman who uses men the way they once used women. I am convinced that any attractive television personality who wanted to become our dictator would have [young men’s] full support.

Myra Breckinridge (film) – Wikipedia

Myra has a funny way of making the case for gender equality, though. Training her gaze on Rusty, an All-American and none-too-bright slab of beefcake, she manipulates and then rapes him. Any hope of the country righting itself would demand a wholesale reshuffling of the sexual order.

Vidal dedicated the novel to gay novelist Christopher Isherwood. Buoyed by its sensationalistic premise, the novel was a hit, selling out of three printings even before its publication date of Feb.

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Saluting ‘Myra Breckinridge’ on its 50th anniversary

Retorts were exchanged; lawsuits were filed and settled. It is striking how a comic novel, dashed off in a few weeks and more provocative than pornographic, set a culture aflame for proposing a radical equality of the sexes.

She deserves tobut now, breckintidge can only be found at used booksellers. Gore Vidal’s ‘Myra Breckinridge’. Athitakis is a writer and critic based in Phoenix.

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