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The sympathetic portrait of homosexuality in the first version of the book, published in 1948, was not at all explicit. By 1968, however, public sensibility had changed so much — at least in part because of Vidal's work — that he found this early work of his to be conventionally melodramatic. As a result, he published The City and the Pillar Revised. The style and narrative remain substantially the same, but the ending is altered. Again Jim finds Bob, but he no longer murders him; this time he rapes him. This change is inimitable Vidal; while the ending is still melodramatic, it is both far more likely and far more threatening to readers unacquainted with the homosexual subculture. As a result, Vidal scandalized and disturbed a whole new generation of readers and made them see homosexuality as part of the real world. He did this, of course, without sentimentalizing, in...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The City and the Pillar from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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