John Rechy  

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John Francis Rechy (born March 10, 1934 in El Paso, Texas) is an American author. In his novels he has written extensively about homosexual culture in Los Angeles and wider America, and is among the pioneers of modern LGBT literature. Drawing on his own background, he has also contributed to Chicano literature, especially with his novel The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, which is taught in several Chicano literature courses in the United States. His work has often faced censorship due to its sexual content, particularly (but not solely) in the 1960s and 1970s, but books such as City of Night have been best sellers, and he has many literary admirers.

Novels and other works

Rechy is the author of the following novels and other works:

  • City of Night (Grove Press, 1963)
  • Numbers (Grove Press, 1967)
  • This Day's Death (Grove Press, 1969)
  • The Vampires (Grove Press, 1971)
  • The Fourth Angel (Viking, 1972)
  • The Sexual Outlaw (Grove Press, 1977) (non-fiction)
  • Rushes (Grove Press, 1979)
  • Bodies and Souls (Carroll & Graf, 1983)
  • Marilyn's Daughter (Carroll & Graf, 1988)
  • The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez (Arcade, 1991)
  • Our Lady of Babylon (Arcade, 1996)
  • The Coming of the Night (Grove Press, 1999)
  • The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens (Grove Press, 2003)
  • Beneath the Skin (Carroll & Graf, 2004)
  • About My Life and the Kept Woman (Grove Press, 2008) (memoir)




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