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Margo Howard-Howard details her sometimes intimate, sometimes violent encounters with James Dean, Andy Warhol, Jackie Curtis, Truman Capote, Tallulah Bankhead, Queen Elizabeth II and many other personalities. As described here, they give a glimpse of the wild career of New York's premier drag queen. Funny, outrageous, and compassionate, Margo Howard-Howard thrived in the world Tama Janowitz and Jay McInerney only dream about.
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Drag queen extraordinaire Margo Howard-Howard, born Robert Hesse, was not so much a slave to Harlem as he was to heroin. This chronicle traces the blue blood's descent into a subculture of drag queens/prostitutes/dope addicts, driven there by an overwhelming appetite for drugs. Although not without sordid moments, Howard-Howard's misadventures while hustling on the Upper West Side are told with a flair for black comedy and an emphasis on the dramatic, whether he's being shot at or falling out of sixth-floor windows, and the acquisition of his first mink coat reads like a demimondiste's dream. The work spares the reader the grimmest details of hard drug addiction and concentrates instead on the glamorous haut monde figures who have crossed Howard-Howard's path. Some of these encounters amount to no more than name-dropping (James Dean, John Cardinal O'Connor), while others prove to be priceless gemsespecially a spat with Truman Capotein this frothy look back at some truly desperate living. Howard-Howard died at 51 on Sept. 3. Michaels is a freelance writ er. Photos not seen by PW.
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Book Description Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, 1988. Soft cover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. In new condition. Rubber-stamped signature of Howard-Howard with date 1937-1988, and signed in black ink by Michaels on title page. 173 numbered pages. 9 x 5 3/4 in. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000994
Book Description Four Walls Eight Windows, 1989. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11094142314X
Book Description Four Walls Eight Windows. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 094142314X New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1852901