New York: Random House, 1978. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine stamped metallic red, upper board blindstamped, original dust jacket.
Playwright, LGBT activist, and notorious gadfly Kramer's bestselling first novel, about the social, sexual, and emotional lives of a group of gay men in New York and Fire Island in the flush of the gay liberation era, immediately preceding the AIDS crisis. Of the controversy sparked by the novel's candor Kramer has said, "The straight world thought I was repulsive, and the gay world treated me like a traitor. People would literally turn their back when I walked by. You know what my real crime was? I put the truth in writing. That's what I do: I have told the fucking truth to everyone I have ever met" (The New Yorker). Stated first edition on the copyright page, with 2 the lowest number in number row, indicating first printing per the publisher's custom from 1976 onwards. Gift inscription to front free endpaper (dated year of publication); faint soiling to spine of unclipped dust jacket, with sunning and a small nick to top edge of rear panel, and a few small closed tears. Overall, a better than very good copy. Item #387