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DANCER FROM THE DANCE

Andrew Holleran

  • Original Title: DANCER FROM THE DANCE
  • Publication date: December 1978
  • Publisher: WILLIAM MORROW & CO
  • Country: US
  • 250 print pages
  • Classic

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Dependence, LOVE / HATE, Sex, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Minorities

Pitch

Young, divinely beautiful and tired of living a lie, Anthony Malone trades life as a seemingly straight, small town lawyer for the disco-lit decadence of New York’s 1970's gay scene. He befriends the flamboyant queen, Sutherland, who takes this new arrival under his preened wing.

Comments

First published in 1978, DANCER FROM THE DANCE is widely considered the greatest, most exciting novel of the post-Stonewall generation. Told with wit, eroticism and unashamed lyricism, it remains a heart-breaking love letter to New York's hedonistic past, and a testament to the brilliance of our passions as they burn brightest.

There have been rumours of a film adaptation of the novel, particularly from Alan Ball who was showrunner for Six Feet Under – it hasn’t materialised. Rights are now free.

Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym of Eric Garber (born 1943), an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer, born and partly raised in Aruba, in the Dutch Caribbean. He is a prominent novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature.

Summary

One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past - and still poignantly present. It depicts the adventures of Malone, a beautiful young man searching for love amid New York's emerging gay scene. From Manhattan's Everard Baths and after-hours discos to Fire Island's deserted parks and lavish orgies, Malone looks high and low for meaningful companionship. The person he finds is Sutherland, a campy quintessential queen - and one of the most memorable literary creations of contemporary fiction.

The Guardian Review

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  • Author’s biography

    Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym of Eric Garber (born 1943), an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer, born and partly raised in Aruba, in the Dutch Caribbean. He is a prominent novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature. He was a member of The Violet Quill, a gay writer's group that met briefly from 1980-81. The Violet Quill included other prolific gay writers like Edmund White and Felice Picano. He received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 2007. He also received the 2007 Stonewall Book Award for GRIEF.