Title Butterfly Man
Book Condition Good
Publisher New York Castle Books N.D.
Seller ID 18339
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn, small dents at bottom edges of covers, slight deterioration of binding at spine ends; a reading/research copy only]. Circa 1960s reprint of a 1934 novel (originally published by Macaulay) about the adventures and misadventures of a young Texan in the Gay Twenties. Leaving his small Texas town at 17 (with the consent of his father), the boy, Ken Gracey, is first taken to Los Angeles under the wing of a mysterious older man, "Mr. Lowell" (known in his circle of bitchy gay associates as "La Lowell"). Ken hasn't yet come out (to himself), however, and when he catches on to Lowell's designs on him (which are perfectly obvious to the reader since the second page of the book), he takes a powder -- to Tijuana, where he hooks up with a hard-boiled dame named Anita. They're a sensation as a dance team, and Ken is thus introduced to the sybaritic showbiz lifestyle; by the time they hit the bright lights of New York and Ken meets ambitious young theatrical producer Howard Vee, he's primed and ready for "the half world where men and women are no longer men OR women." But true to form in the gay-themed fiction of the era, he's also "tormented," and in lieu of embracing his emergent gayness he sinks into a miasma of booze, dope and general debauchery. Think this ends well for poor Ken? Think again.
Homosexuality Hollywood Gay Literature Harlem Show Business Dancers Tijuana