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The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village, 1957-1965

Delany, Samuel R.

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ISBN 10: 0877959471 / ISBN 13: 9780877959472
Published by Arbor House Pub Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Delany's memoir of wild times, famous people and writing. DJ design from a painting of the writer by Thomas Canty. An unread, near fine copy with some aging to DJ flaps. 302 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 4404

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Title: The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and ...

Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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The author, an influential science fiction writer, recounts his childhood the early years of his career, and his experiences as a homosexual

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After Delanyblack, gay and from Harlemplunged into a hasty marriage with young white poet Marilyn Hacker, he continued his sexually open lifestyle and had many partners, threesomes included. This self-indulgent, portentously titled hodgepodge of autobiographical snippets only sporadically reveals how the controversial themes of his bestselling science fiction (Dhalgren, etc.) emerged out of the tensions of his marriage, psyche and relations with society. Delany writes about his precocious talent, school days at the Bronx High School of Science, the Lower East Side arts scene and his friendship with W. H. Auden. The book's paragraphs and sections are numbered, divided and subdivided like a dissertation, but the detached style is at odds with the slender material. Fans of his SF will be disappointed.
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