I, Gloria Grahame

By (author): Sky Gilbert

Shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Award

A professor of English literature writes the autobiography of his fantasy alter-ego, wanton movie star Gloria Grahame, while his own sexual desires go frustrated.

Denton Moulton ? a shy, effeminate male professor ? lives inside his head, where he is really a long-dead movie star: the glamorous Gloria Grahame, from the golden age of Hollywood. Professor Moulton is desperate to reveal Gloria?s shocking secret before he dies. Does he have the right to tell this woman?s story? Who, in fact, has the right to tell anyone?s story at all?

A scandalous, humorous novel of taboo desires and repression, I, Gloria Grahame alternates between Gloria?s imagined life with her film-director husband, Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause, and Denton?s increasingly frustrated real-life attempts to produce his own work of art: an all-male drag production of Shakespeare?s Venus and Adonis. The novel takes us from high-strung film sets to dark bars and the puritanical offices of government arts granting agencies, where Denton runs up against the sternest warnings that he may not, in fact, imagine himself as someone else, even in art.

A RARE MACHINES BOOK

AUTHOR

Sky Gilbert

Sky Gilbert is an accomplished author, actor, filmmaker, and drag queen. Born in Connecticut, Gilbert studied theatre at both York University and the University of Toronto before becoming the co-founder and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 1979. Gilbert left Buddies in 1997 to focus on his creative pursuits, and accepted a post as an assistant professor at the University of Guelph. A year after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Gilbert was named University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

Reviews

Brilliant. An important addition to Two-Spirited literature.
– Tomson Highway

I, Gloria Grahame is that rarest of literary things, a sharp satire of these tremulous times that actually makes one laugh. It’s brave, it’s shocking, it’s compelling, and best of all, it’s not too long. It’s De Profundis for the beach.
– Scott Thompson, Canadian television actor and comedian

Sky Gilbert?s new novel I, Gloria Grahame, is my favourite novel of the year… The satire is sharp and salty.


– May Gay Toronto

Awards

  • ReLit Award 2022, Short-listed
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    Shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Award

    A professor of English literature writes the autobiography of his fantasy alter-ego, wanton movie star Gloria Grahame, while his own sexual desires go frustrated.

    Denton Moulton ? a shy, effeminate male professor ? lives inside his head, where he is really a long-dead movie star: the glamorous Gloria Grahame, from the golden age of Hollywood. Professor Moulton is desperate to reveal Gloria?s shocking secret before he dies. Does he have the right to tell this woman?s story? Who, in fact, has the right to tell anyone?s story at all?

    A scandalous, humorous novel of taboo desires and repression, I, Gloria Grahame alternates between Gloria?s imagined life with her film-director husband, Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause, and Denton?s increasingly frustrated real-life attempts to produce his own work of art: an all-male drag production of Shakespeare?s Venus and Adonis. The novel takes us from high-strung film sets to dark bars and the puritanical offices of government arts granting agencies, where Denton runs up against the sternest warnings that he may not, in fact, imagine himself as someone else, even in art.

    A RARE MACHINES BOOK

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    Details

    Dimensions:

    200 Pages
    8.5in * 5.5in * 1in
    300gr

    Published:

    October 05, 2021

    City of Publication:

    Toronto

    Country of Publication:

    CA

    Publisher:

    Dundurn Press

    ISBN:

    9781459748286

    9781459748293 – PDF

    9781459748309 – EPUB

    Book Subjects:

    FICTION / LGBTQ+ / Gay

    Language:

    eng

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