Tales of the City
Author: Armistead Maupin
Year Published: 1978
Description: Maupin began his sprawling, Dickensian chronicle of modern life as a newspaper serial in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976. For nearly 40 years, over the course of nine novels, this comedy of manners follows a diverse cast of characters living in the same fictional apartment building at 28 Barbary Lane. The earliest novels, because of their serialized form, were able to tackle up-to-the-minute events. In the 1980s, Tales of the City was one of the first works of fiction to confront the AIDS crisis. The series' depiction of LGBT life broke away from its predecessors because of its even-handed, open and compassionate treatment of a full rainbow of people, helping to create a generation for whom acceptance and understanding of LGBT family members, neighbors and co-workers became the norm.
'Being gay has taught me tolerance, compassion and humility. It has shown me limitless possibilities of living. It has given me people whose passion and kindness and sensitivity have provided a constant source of strength.'
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