Dreadful

Dreadful

The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns

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American author John Horne Burns (1916–1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Andover and Harvard, and went on to teach English at the Loomis School, a boarding school for boys in Windsor, Connecticut. During World War II, he was stationed in Africa and Italy, and worked mainly in military intelligence. His first novel,The Gallery (1947), based on his wartime experiences, is a critically acclaimed novel and one of the first to unflinchingly depict gay life in the military.The Gallery sold half a million copies upon publication, but never again would Burns receive that kind of critical or popular attention.

Dreadful follows Burns, from his education at the best schools to his final years of drinking and depression in Italy. With intelligence and insight, David Margolick examines Burns’s moral ambivalence toward the behavior of American soldiers stationed with him in Naples, and the scandal surrounding his second novel, Lucifer with a Book, an unflattering portrayal of his experiences at Loomis.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the brief, controversy-marked life of the mid-20th-century author of the critically acclaimed The Gallery to provide coverage of such topics as his work as a teacher at Loomis School, his World War II intelligence service and his depictions of gay life in the military.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the brief, controversy-marked life of the mid-twentieth-century author, providing coverage of such topics as his work as a teacher at Loomis School, his World War II intelligence service, and his depictions of gay life in the military.

Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9781590515716
1590515714
Characteristics: xii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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