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Rechy, John

Overview
Works: 65 works in 446 publications in 9 languages and 8,418 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Religious fiction  Biography  Erotic fiction  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Bildungsromans  Gay erotic fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Novels 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3568.E28, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Rechy
City of night by John Rechy( Book )

126 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,617 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 )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 590 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 )

33 editions published between 1977 and 1999 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this angry, eloquent outcry against the oppression of homosexuals, the author of the classic City of Night gives an explosive "non-fiction account, with commentaries, of three days and nights in the sexual underground" of Los Angeles in the 1970s--the "battlefield" of the sexual outlaw. Using the language and techniques of film, Rechy deftly intercuts the despairing, joyful, and defiant confessions of a male hustler with the "chorus" of his own subversive reflections on sexual identity and sexual politics, and with stark documentary reports of the violence in our society directs against homosexuals--"the only minority against whose existence there are laws."--Cover
Marilyn's daughter : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 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 )

36 editions published between 1967 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Numbers is John Rechy's second novel. The hero is young, handsome, narcissistic Johnny Rio who, after three years away from the "scene," is impelled, obsessively, to return to the city of Los Angeles, there to test himself anew in the arena of male love. Johnny,who is seen as an angel of dark sex, is like a retired boxer--an undefeated champion--who refuses to accept the possible ravages of time, and is led by some unfathomable force to return to combat once again. Combat, for Johnny, takes place in the dark balconies and dismal restrooms of the all-night movies in L.A. But these are only warm-up bouts; the real test, Johnny soon learns, will be in the shaded glens of a rambling park, on the outskirts of that sprawling metropolis. Through those shadowy alcoves, as a gallery of sexhunters emerges, he sets out to discover whether he is really still handsome and desirable, whether the passage of time--as terrifying to the male hustler as to the aging dancer or ingenue--has made visible inroads on that svelte and muscular body in which he has always taken such pride. His initial forays into the all-night theaters along L.A.'s strip and through the erotic beaches and at a synthetic motel have proven to Johnny that his sexual attraction is still great. But the final proof resides in numbers. In an effort to contain the threatening anarchy, he sets himself a rigorous time-table--ten days--and goal: thirty "numbers" to prove his mettle. Through all the sexual episodes, the self indulgence which comprisesBuy Numbers onlineJohnny Rio's tawdry world, there resounds the universal cry of a human being's desperate need to be loved."--http://www.johnrechy.com
Rushes : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once again, John Rechy takes us to an unexplored part of our world in Rushes, his first book following the controversial bestseller, The Sexual Outlaw. 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 of the evening's activities have revolved, leaves the bar at closing time and goes to a sadomasochistic orgy room. This descent into the depths of a sexual underworld fulfills the ceremonial structure of this artfully conceived work"--Jacket
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 437 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 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are three "angels"--two boys, Bob and Manny, and a girl, Shell--all sixteen. They recruit a fourth angel, Jerry, also sixteen. Despite their youth, all carry an ugly past. They deny it by turning a falsely brave front to the world, by using hip, obscene language to conceal their real feelings, by drowning their fears in frantic action, by directing their mounting rage at one another. Fighting themselves and the boredom of the hot Texas summer that stretches before them like a barren desert, they range parks, streets, derelict houses, killing time by playing private and very dangerous games. They get their kicks by picking on people--strange people, perverts, anybody--trying to get into their heads. As they hover in the limbo between childhood and adulthood, the four "angels" maintain a precarious balance among themselves and within the intriguing but hostile world confronting them. They keep playing with fire until the playing explodes into a terrible reality they all have to face. Rechy's four teen-agers are in many ways still children--tinged with innocence and capable of beauty--but they are also tigers, ferocious, cold, destructive."--www.johnrechy.com
The coming of the night : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 411 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 )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 390 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 )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""It was like viewing a geometric progression in reverse; he saw options as they narrowed: at which stage, at which phase, at which time, at which place he could have still Escaped the building trap: this step taken, that one not, another taken in a different direction: sixteen choices, then four, only two, and finally--..." With this funneling vision, Jim Girard, the main character of "This Day's Death," sees his life wrestled free of his control and left to channel off into the twin nightmares of hovering death and silent injustice that borders his life. To one side is his aged mother, with whom he lives in Texas, sharing with her the twilight existence of chronic undefined illness; an illness Jim comes to view as a "war" between mother and child, complete with skirmishes based on the fear of lost love and death. On the other side stands a trial in Los Angeles on a charge that exposes Jim to the depths and intricacies of society's twisted conceptions of justice and privacy. Between these two destructive poles, Jim strives to keep what is left of his life--his girl, his job, his future as an aspiring law student--free of the knowledge and implications of the trial and also unscathed by the corrosive attention that his mothers illness demands of him. As in his previous books, the author offers us a moment of time and place in America that is sliced away from generalities and left on its own to either survive or succumb. It is a dark picture, drawn with skill, compassion and accuracy, of a man whose chances are lost and who is left with only his dignity and depth of feeling."--www.johnrechy.com
Our lady of Babylon : a novel by John Rechy( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 281 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 2013 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een miljonair nodigt zijn (ex-)vrouwen, vriendinnen en een paar mannen uit de undergroundcultuur uit op een Caribisch eiland
Beneath the skin : the collected essays of John Rechy by John Rechy( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected essays by John Rechy
After the blue hour : a true fiction by John Rechy( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fleeing a turbulent life in Los Angeles, twenty-four-year-old writer John Rechy 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. Through cunning seductive charm, he married and divorced an ambassador's daughter and the heiress to a vast fortune. Avoiding identifying his son's mother, he reveals an affinity for erotic "dangerous games." With intimations of past decadence and menace, an abandoned island nearby arouses tense fascination over the group. As "games" veer toward violence, secrets surface in startling twists and turns. Explosive confrontation becomes inevitable
Collision course by Edward Parone( Book )

2 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the blue hour by John Rechy( Recording )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 33 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
The textual outlaw : reading John Rechy in the 21st century( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 12 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
City of night by John Rechy( )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rechy is unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling "youngman" and his search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of hustlers, drag queens, and the denizens of their world, as he moves from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter
 
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City of night
Alternative Names
John Rechy Amerikaans schrijver

John Rechy écrivain américain

John Rechy escritor estadounidense

John Rechy scrittore e drammaturgo statunitense

John Rechy US-amerikanischer Autor

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Languages
English (335)

German (17)

French (12)

Italian (11)

Spanish (10)

Dutch (9)

Danish (5)

Finnish (2)

Czech (1)

Covers
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