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The accomplishments of the 20th Century's most-discussed literary superstars entered the canon of theatrical classics during the heyday of Broadway and sexual censorship in Hollywood. But the inside spin on the conflicts that pumped testosterone and venom into the collective conscious of the Entertainment industry has never been published. Until Now. This is an uncensored overview of three of the literary canon's most vocal and visible enfants terribles--Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and Truman Capote, whose collective ",bitchfests", involved and intimately embarrassed many key members of the both the glitterati and the literary elite. Icons who reacted to the seductive temptations of this trio (and what actor wouldn't want to appear in a play by authors universally viewed as immortal?) included a Who's Who of the Entertainment industry: Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, and dozens of other players from Hollywood and the social registers of the U.S. and Europe. ",This book is for anyone who's interested in the formerly concealed scandals of Hollywood and Broadway, and the values and pretentions of both the literary world and the entertainment industry,", said it's co-author, Danforth Prince. ",This raucous and irreverent expos of The Pink Triangle's feuds, vanities, and idiosyncracies will be required reading for anyone interested in the literary climate of ",The American Century.",


By Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince


One hot summer night in 1945, three young American writers, each an enfant terrible, came together in a stuffy Manhattan apartment for the first time. Each member of this pink triangle was on the dawn of world fame-Tennessee Williams for A Streetcar Named Desire; Gore Vidal for his notorious homosexual novel, The City and the Pillar; and Truman Capote for Other Voices, Other Rooms, a book that had been marketed with a photograph depicting Capote as a underaged sex object that caused as much controversy as the prose inside.

Each of the three remained competitively and defiantly provocative throughout the course of his writing career. Initially hailed by critics as "the darlings of the gods," each of them would, in time, be attacked for his contributions to film, the theater, and publishing. Some of their works would be widely reviewed as "obscene rantings from perverted sociopaths."

From that summer night emerged betrayals that eventually evolved into lawsuits, stolen lovers, public insults, and the most famous and flamboyant rivalries in America's literary history. The private opinions of these authors about their celebrity acquaintances usually left scar tissue.

Vidal became the most iconoclastic writer since Voltaire, needling and satirizing the sacred cows of his era and explosively describing subjects which included America's gay founding fathers, the lesbian affairs of Eleanor Roosevelt, his own seduction of the Beat Generation's spiritual leader and guru, Jack Kerouac. The book contains an overview of Vidal's hot, then glacial, relationship with the fabled diarist Anaïs Nin, and the drawn-out slugfests which followed.

Capote became the mascot of the ultra-fashionable jet set, surrounded and showcased by his glamorous "swans." Eventually, Capote feuded not only with Vidal, but with "The Queen of the Best-Sellers," Jacqueline Susann, publicly referring to her as "a truck driver in drag." Capote's own struggles for bestsellerdom are depicted during the research of his all-time hit, In Cold Blood, wherein he falls hopelessly in love with one of its killers. The book contains details about his hosting of "The Party of the Century," and his self-destructive descent into isolation, alcohol, and drugs.

Tennessee Williams, attacked for his "incurable sense of decadence," became as notorious as his plays. His tumultuous private life is explored as never before in a portrait that's as poignant and flamboyant as any character he created, including that of Blanche DuBois. Did Tennessee really perform fellatio on JFK at his Palm Beach compound? Did Warren Beatty really have sex with him as a means of procuring his role as the gigolo in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone? What really happened when a then-unknown actor, Marlon Brando, arrived on Tennessee's doorstep in Provincetown during World War II?




Chapter One: Enfants Terribles 1

Chapter Two: Tennessee in Provincetown 19

Chapter Three: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 25

Chapter Four: Lana Turner and the Celluloid Brassiere 41

Chapter Five: Sybaritic Isherwood 49

Chapter Six: Clark Gable, Nina, and Eugene Vidal 63

Chapter Seven: Monty Clift 87

Chapter Eight: Tennessee's Glass Menagerie 107

Chapter Nine: Gore Meets the Glorious Bird 131

Chapter Ten: Tennessee Confronts Truman's "Forked Tongue" 149
Chapter Eleven: Gore vs. Truman (The Eagle Meets the Condor) 161

Chapter Twelve: The City and the Pillar 171
Chapter Thirteen: Truman's Other Voices 179

Chapter Fourteen: A Streetcar Named Marlon Brando 185
Chapter Fifteen: Postwar Europe's Most Sought-After Male Prostitute 211

Chapter Sixteen: Tennessee's Rocky Ride on "The Little Horse" 221

Chapter Seventeen: Truman and His Mother 245

Chapter Eighteen: Scarlett O'Hara--She's Back! 267
Chapter Nineteen: Tennessee and Gore in Pursuit of Billy the Kid 283

Chapter Twenty: Gore Vidal Seduces Jack Kerouac 295

Chapter Twenty-One: Lancaster "Tattoos" Magnani 311

Chapter Twenty-Two: Tallulah vs. Tennessee 323

Chapter Twenty-Three: Truman Beats the Devil 345

Chapter Twenty-Four: Where Prostitutes Were Named After Flowers 355

Chapter Twenty-Five: Gore's Longtime Companion: Howard Austen 367

Chapter Twenty-Six: The Amorous Pursuits of Gore Vidal 377

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Gore "Dances" With Rudi in the Nudi 399

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Gore Confronts the Very Difficult Bette Davis 405

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Tennessee's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 419

Chapter Thirty: Gore's Ménage à Trois 437

Chapter Thirty-One: "The Dirtiest American Motion Picture Ever Made" 445

Chapter Thirty-Two: Truman's Hatchet Attack on Hollywood's Bad Boy 457

Chapter Thirty-Three: The Queering of Ben-Hur 467

Chapter Thirty-Four: Breakfast at Tiffany's 475

Chapter Thirty-Five: Fidel Castro: Radical, Revolutionary, and Media Star 497

Chapter Thirty-Six: Diana Barrymore: I Want To Be Mrs. Tennessee Williams 517

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Sweet Bird of Youth 527

Chapter Thirty-Eight: The Night of the Iguana (the play) 551

Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Debate Still Rages: Tennessee and JFK? 561

Chapter Forty: The Night of the Iguana (the movie) 567

Chapter Forty-One: A Trio of Illustrious Drunks Going Boom! 583

Chapter Forty-Two: In Cold Blood 599

Chapter Forty-Three: Myra Breckinridge 613

Chapter Forty-Four: Truman Capote's Party of the Century 627

Chapter Forty-Five: Caligula 639

Chapter Forty-Six: Answered Prayers 645

MEMORIAM: May They Rest in Peace 653
Acknowledgments 667

Recording the Voices, Pink Triangle: Its Authors 671
Index 677


Titel: Pink Triangle
Untertitel: The Feuds and Private Lives of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Famous Members of Their Entourages
EAN: 9781936003389
ISBN: 978-1-936003-38-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Blood Moon Productions
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 700
Veröffentlichung: 01.02.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 40.1 MB
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