Title: Moise and the World of Reason
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York
Publication Date: 1975
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Cloth; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. 190. Spine tips gently rubbed; endpapers a little sunned along the edges; otherwise book is fine. Dust jacket likewise near fine, just a little rubbed. With a photo of Williams by Fred Ohringer laid-in (5x7 inches, b/w, same as the image rear panel of DJ). First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line. Bookseller Inventory # JC8576
What?s not to like about Tennessee Williams?s most forthright work about homosexual love, with its gay figure skaters, runaways, and sex?
An erotic, sensual, and comic novel that was a generation ahead of its time, Moise and the World of Reason has at its center the need of three people for each other: Lance, the beautiful black figure skater full of love and lust for young men as well as a craving for drugs; the nameless gay young narrator, a runaway writer from Alabama who lives near the piers of New York City?s West Village, c. 1975, frantically filling notebooks with his observations; and Moise, a young woman who speaks in riddles and can never finish her paintings or consummate her affairs.
The long unavailable Moise and the World of Reason represents a kind of uncensored Williams, radically frank, fully articulated, and deeply tender: a true gem.
About the Author: Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.
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