A lyrical gay coming-of-age story first published in 1951, acclaimed by Gore Vidal and The New York Times, about Matthew, a young American who moves to France with his mother following his parents’ divorce. As Matthew navigates his budding sexuality and complicated new relationships, he is forced to confront finistère—land’s end—where the brutal truths of the world can be found.
Includes an appendix of materials about the book and author, as well as an introduction by acclaimed author Michael Bronski. Part of the Little Sister’s Classics series, which resurrects out-of-print gay and lesbian books from the past.
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Fritz Peters was a novelist and writer of books on philosophy; his novels included The World Next Door (1949), The Descent (1952), and Blind Flight (1966). He lived mostly in New York City, but eventually moved to New Mexico, where he died in 1979. Michael Bronski made several contributions to the gay liberation movement of the 60s, including writing for a variety of gay and lesbian publications. In 1984 he published the pioneering book Culture Clash: The Making of Gay Sensibility. His writing reflected the changing face of the gay male subculture in writings he published in the anthology Flashpoint: Gay Male Sexual WritingReview:
Michael Bronski's introduction does a terrific job of placing the story in a context that is as meaningful now as it was fifty years ago.
—Echo Magazine (Echo Magazine)
The best novel this reviewer has ever read on the theme of homosexuality.
—The New York Times (New York Times)
At this moment in our social history, it is difficult for most American authors to write a novel about a homosexual affair without making either a tract or an apologia. Mr. Peters has done neither. Instead, he has kept resolutely in focus his great theme: the corruption and murder of innocence.
—Gore Vidal, The Saturday Review (Gore Vidal, Sat. Rev)
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Book Description Plume, 1986. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110452260337