From his conservative “Old South” family to jungles in Vietnam to the gay Bohemia of the Castro in the 1970’s, author Armistead Maupin’s life has been nearly as vivid and colorful as the characters inhabiting Anna Madrigal’s boarding house at 29 Barbary Lane. Premiering, Monday night, January 1st on the PBS’s Independent Lens, “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” sheds light on one of the most prolific, groundbreaking, beloved, gay writers in America.
First appearing as a newspaper serial in 1974, Tales of the City was not published as a book until 1978. What followed is a literary phenomenon spanning nine books over 36 years; including, Babycakes in 1983, one of the first books to deal with the subject of AIDS; three miniseries based on his Tales (a fourth is rumored to be in the works at Netflix); two additional novels; more than six million copies printed in ten languages; and numerous literary awards.
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