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Rechy, John

Works: 61 works in 400 publications in 9 languages and 8,076 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Gay erotic fiction  Fictional autobiographies  Religious fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3568.E28, 813.54
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City of night by John Rechy( Book )

103 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When John Rechy's explosive first novel, City of Night, was first published in 1963, it became a national bestseller and ushered in a new era of gay fiction. Bold and inventive in his account of the urban underworld of male prostitution, Rechy is equally unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling "Youngman" and his restless search for self-knowledge. As the narrator careens from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter, we get an unforgettable look at a neon-lit life on the edge. Said James Baldwin of the author, "Rechy is the most arresting young writer I've read in a very long time. His tone rings absolutely true, is absolutely his own; and he has the kind of discipline which allows him a rare and beautiful reckless""--Provided by publisher
The miraculous day of Amalia Gómez : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this novel, Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky. A miraculous sign, perhaps, but one the down-to-earth Amalia does not trust. Through Amalia, we take a vivid and moving tour of the other Hollywood , populated by working-class Mexican Americans, as John Rechy blends tough realism with religious and cultural fables to take us into the life of a Chicano family in L.A
The sexual outlaw : a documentary : a non-fiction account, with commentaries, of three days and nights in the sexual underground by John Rechy( Book )

29 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentaire beschrijving van de homosexuele subcultuur in Los Angeles
Marilyn's daughter : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A modern epic that follows a young woman as she travels to Los Angeles and delves deep into the maze of untold Hollywood history in order to determine whether she is Marilyn Monroe's secret lovechild
Numbers by John Rechy( Book )

33 editions published between 1967 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De hoofdpersoon stelt zich tot taak in korte tijd dertig sexpartners te vinden
Rushes : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story develops during a single evening and is set in a "leather and Western" bar located near the decaying and deserted waterfront of a large American city. This is the sexual battlefield, the world of the trucks, the piers, the warehouses. And Rechy explores it with a compelling, dramatic story told in a style that is elegant, convincing, and unsparing. Into the bar arrives a range of characters: the regular patrons in their ceaseless search for compatible love, the occasional customer hoping for a quick sexual fix, the female and transvestite hookers who work the dark streets outside, the couple seeking a voyeuristic experience, the young man venturing out for the first time. During the course of the evening we come to know these people, their loneliness and their fears, their pride and their courage. We share with them their search and their discoveries. Rechy has distilled from these lives a human experience that is moving, painful, and revealing. The evening culminates with one of the most shattering scenes in recent fiction. The central character, around whom most
The life and adventures of Lyle Clemens : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Loosely inspired by Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones but set in the present, The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens follows the journey of the charming, handsome Lyle Clemens, the son of a Miss America aspirant and an unknown father, as he travels through the religious fundamentalist world of Texas to the gambling palaces of Las Vegas and the enticing traps of Los Angeles's mythologies." "As Lyle approaches adulthood, everyone wants him to be something he's not. His beautiful mother wants to make him into a reflection of the cowboy who abandoned her; a group of avaricious fundamentalists, somehow related to a mysterious "curse" in his mother's past, plot to convert him into "the Lord's Cowboy" to rouse their televangelical empire to new frenzied heights; the lovely Maria wants him to fulfill her varying fantasies of "true love." When Lyle leaves home to make his own destiny, he encounters a gallery of charlatans and wistful souls, quirky gamblers, fake magicians, dreamy showgirls, and wily pornographers. He is seduced into an aging starlet's mad comeback scheme during a rambunctious Academy Awards ceremony. Through it all, Lyle struggles to become himself."--Jacket
The fourth angel by John Rechy( Book )

24 editions published between 1972 and 2007 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vier jonge delinquenten spelen met drugs, geweld en sex
The coming of the night : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on the golden age of homosexuality, after it became an accepted state and before aids put a dampener. The action follows for one day a variety of gays in 1981 Los Angeles, including an old man envious of the freedom enjoyed by the younger generation. By the author of City of Night
Bodies and souls : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hier en daar homo-erotisch geladen reeks tableaus over de onderbuik van de Amerikaanse samenleving
This day's death, a novel by John Rechy( Book )

17 editions published between 1969 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man confronts the twin nightmares of death and silent injustice as he juggles the care of his ailing mother and a trial in Los Angeles on a charge that exposes him to the depths and intricacies of society's twisted conceptions of justice and privacy
Our lady of Babylon : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Lady flees to her dead husband's château, accused of his murder, but once there she is haunted by sexy dreams that her neighbor assures her are actually memories involving Adam and Eve, Herod and Salome and John the Baptist, Paris and the Trojan War, John the Divine, and many others
The vampires by John Rechy( Book )

12 editions published between 1971 and 1982 in English and Dutch and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En gruppe velhavere mødes på en ø i Det Caribiske Hav for at dyrke mystiske ritualer
Beneath the skin : the collected essays of John Rechy by John Rechy( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected essays by John Rechy
Collision course by Edward Parone( Book )

2 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La ciudad de la noche by John Rechy( Book )

7 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in Spanish and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The textual outlaw : reading John Rechy in the 21st century( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the blue hour by John Rechy( Recording )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fleeing a turbulent life in Los Angeles, John accepts an invitation to a private island from an admirer of his work. There, he joins Paul, his imposing host in his late thirties, his beautiful mistress, and his precocious teenage son. Browsing Paul's library and conversing together on the deck about literature and film during the spell of evening's 'blue hour, ' John feels surcease, until, with unabashed candor, Paul shares intimate details of his life
About my life and the kept woman : a memoir by John Rechy( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gore Vidal has hailed John Rechy as "one of the few original American writers of the last century," and Michael Cunningham has called him an author "whose life is almost as interesting, and meaningful, as his work." Rechy's long-awaited memoir, About My Life and the Kept Woman, is the author's first open treatment of his life'and a testament to the power of pride and self-acceptance. Raised Mexican-American in El Paso, Texas, at a time when Latino children were routinely segregated, Rechy was often assumed to be Anglo because of his light skin, and had his name "changed" for him by a teacher, from Juan to John. As he grew older'and as his fascination with the memory of a notorious kept woman in his childhood deepened'Rechy became aware that his differences lay not just in his heritage, but in his sexuality. A moving, powerful story of a life that bears witness to some of the most riotous changes of the past century, About My Life and the Kept Woman is as much a portrait of intolerance as of an individual who defied it to forge his own path
Mysteries and desire : searching the worlds of John Rechy by John Rechy( )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The CD-ROM challenges the borders between autobiograpy, memory, history and fiction, this intereactive memoir presents a diverse array of personal materials by and about John Rechy and sets them against larger collective histories of Chicano culture and the gay world
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City of night
Alternative Names
John Rechy Amerikaans schrijver

John Rechy écrivain américain

John Rechy scrittore e drammaturgo statunitense

John Rechy US-amerikanischer Autor

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English (304)

German (11)

French (11)

Italian (11)

Spanish (10)

Dutch (10)

Danish (3)

Finnish (2)

Czech (1)

The miraculous day of Amalia Gómez : a novelThe sexual outlaw : a documentary : a non-fiction account, with commentaries, of three days and nights in the sexual undergroundNumbersRushes : a novelThe life and adventures of Lyle Clemens : a novelThe fourth angelThe coming of the night : a novelBodies and souls : a novel