Pride Profile: Armistead Maupin

Author, b. 1944

First appearing as a newspaper serial in 1974, the stories of Anna Madrigal and the other fascinating, mysterious residents of “29 Barbary Lane,” Armistead Maupin’s 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; two additional novels; more than six million copies printed in ten languages; and numerous literary awards.  Always close to his inspiration, Maupin still lives in San Francisco with his husband activist, Christopher Turner.

“I’ve always been all of the characters in one way or another.”

  • Armistead Maupin

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(main photo credit: Christopher Turner)


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