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1st US edition cover of the first book in the Tales of the City series
1st US edition cover of the first book in the Tales of the City series

This article is about the novel series; see also Tales of the City (novel) and Tales of the City (miniseries) Image File history File links Size of this preview: 478 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (798 × 1000 pixel, file size: 937 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)US 1st edition cover of Armistead Maupins Tales of the City (1978). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 478 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (798 × 1000 pixel, file size: 937 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)US 1st edition cover of Armistead Maupins Tales of the City (1978). ... This article is about the novel Tales of the City; see Tales of the City (miniseries) for the TV adaptation and Tales of the City for the entire series of novels Tales of the City (1978) is the first book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco... Tales of the City is a 1993 television mini-series based on the Tales of the City series of novels by Armistead Maupin. ...


Tales of the City is a series of seven books written by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin. Tales of the City is also the name of the first book in the series. The first four books in the series were originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle while the fifth book was serialized in the San Francisco Examiner. San Francisco redirects here. ... Armistead Jones Maupin Jr. ... This article is about the novel Tales of the City; see Tales of the City (miniseries) for the TV adaptation and Tales of the City for the entire series of novels Tales of the City (1978) is the first book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... The San Francisco Examiner is a daily newspaper in San Francisco, California, where it has been published continuously since the late 19th Century. ...


The series is a vivid depiction of San Franciscan life from the mid-70s to late 80s, with the latest book providing a mid-2000s update. The books span classes, sexual orientations, genders, and transgenders in comedic prose. The lives and careers of a group of people who met when they lived at 28 Barbary Lane are tracked, with humor resulting from the unexpected crossing of plotlines in unexpected places. This storytelling style, with a focus on the era's socio-sexual climate, has been compared to the writings of Honoré de Balzac.[citation needed] Balzac redirects here. ...


In 1993 the first book was made into a television miniseries, Tales of the City, produced by Channel 4 in the UK and screened by PBS in the U.S. in 1994. The second and third books in the series made their television debuts in 1998 and 2001. In a public reading at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London in July 2007, Maupin indicated that it is unlikely that there will be any further mini-series or films made. The year 1993 in television involved some significant events. ... Tales of the City is a 1993 television mini-series based on the Tales of the City series of novels by Armistead Maupin. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... The year 1998 in television involved some significant events. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... Bloomsbury Theatre The UCL Bloomsbury is a theatre on Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, Camden, London, owned by the nearby University College London. ...


As well as the novels, Maupin has collaborated on several Tales-themed musical projects. Anna Madrigal Remembers was a musical work composed by Jake Heggie and performed by choir Chanticleer and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade on 6 August 1999, for which Maupin provided a new libretto. He also participated in a concert series with Seattle Men's Chorus entitled Tunes From Tales (Music for Mouse), which included readings from his books and music from the era.[1] Jake Heggie is a American composer and pianist. ... Chanticleer is a male vocal ensemble with a wide repertoire that performs throughout the world. ... A mezzo-soprano (meaning medium soprano in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or lower) vocal tone than sopranos, and their vocal range is between that... Frederica von Stade (b. ...


In 2007, 18 years after the sixth novel in the series, Sure of You, Maupin released the novel Michael Tolliver Lives. Maupin originally stated that this novel is "NOT a sequel to Tales [of the City] and it's certainly not Book 7 in the series" [2], however he later conceded that "I’ve stopped denying that this is book seven in Tales of the City, as it clearly is ... I suppose I didn’t want people to be thrown by the change in the format, as this is a first person novel unlike the third person format of the Tales of the City books and it’s about one character who interrelates with other characters. Having said that, it is still very much a continuation of the saga and I think I realised it was very much time for me to come back to this territory." [3] Sure of You (1989) is the sixth book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin. ... Michael Tolliver Lives is a 2007 novel by Armistead Maupin. ...


Fans of the series were delighted to have a new chapter but beyond Maupin's core constituency Michael Tolliver Lives was criticized for its thinly veiled autobiographical nature and for being the work of a beloved author trying to remember how he did it first time round. [4] Michael Tolliver Lives is a 2007 novel by Armistead Maupin. ...


Maupin has indicated he is now working on a new novel about the Tales of the City characters, commenting that "Whatever I have to offer seems to come through those characters, and I see no reason to abandon them." [5]

Contents

Core characters

The series opens with the arrival of Mary Ann Singleton, a naive young woman from Cleveland, Ohio. She finds an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane, the domain of the eccentric marijuana-growing landlady Anna Madrigal. Mary Ann becomes friends with the other tenants of the building: the hippyish bisexual Mona Ramsey (who, though a central character, is not in all of the books); straight lothario Brian Hawkins; the sinister and cagey roof tenant Norman Neal Williams; and Michael Tolliver, a sweet and personable gay man known to friends as Mouse (as in Mickey Mouse), who becomes central to the series. Beyond the house, lovers and friends guide Mary Ann through her San Franciscan adventures. Mona's ex-lover D'orothea Wilson, returns from a modelling assignment in New York, while Michael's lover and DeDe's gynecologist Jon Fielding graduates into the social circle. Edgar Halcyon, Mary Ann's and Mona's boss, Edgar's socialite daughter DeDe Halcyon-Day, and her scheming bisexual husband Beauchamp Day all provide a glimpse into a more affluent Californian class, while Mrs. Madrigal's mother and owner of the Blue Moon Lodge brothel, Mother Mucca, brings mystery and comic relief. In the last two books, Thack Sweeney becomes Michael's lover. Real life people such as Jim Jones and a thinly veiled Elizabeth Taylor make appearances in the story lines. Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja (Hindi: गांजा),[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa. ... This article is about the Peoples Temple leader. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Taylor, see Elizabeth Taylor (disambiguation). ...


Realism in Tales

Macondray Lane, recast in the series as the fictional Barbary Lane
Macondray Lane, recast in the series as the fictional Barbary Lane

The Tales of the City series is lauded for being accurate in its portrait of a time and place in San Francisco's history.[citation needed] Because installments were published so soon after Maupin wrote them, he was able to incorporate many current events into the plot of the series, as well as gauge reader response and modify the story accordingly. At one point Maupin received a letter from a reader who pointed out that one of the character's names was an anagram, providing Maupin with one of the more memorable and surprising plot twists in the book.[6] Maupin's books are also some of the first to deal with the AIDS epidemic. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 211 KB) Summary Macondray Lane in San Francisco, California, USA Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Tales of the City Macondray Lane Metadata This file... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 211 KB) Summary Macondray Lane in San Francisco, California, USA Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Tales of the City Macondray Lane Metadata This file... The lane Farther east along the lane Macondray Lane is a small pedestrian lane high in the hills of San Francisco, California. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ...


The complete series

Sure of You and Michael Tolliver Lives are the only works to have been created solely as novels; the earlier books comprise writings that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle prior to novelization. This article is about the novel Tales of the City; see Tales of the City (miniseries) for the TV adaptation and Tales of the City for the entire series of novels Tales of the City (1978) is the first book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco... See also: 1977 in literature, other events of 1978, 1979 in literature, list of years in literature. ... This article is about the novel More Tales of the City; see More Tales of the City (miniseries) for the TV adaptation and Tales of the City for the entire series of novels More Tales of the City (1980) is the second book in the Tales of the City series... See also: 1979 in literature, other events of 1980, 1981 in literature, list of years in literature. ... This article is about the novel Further Tales of the City; see Further Tales of the City (miniseries) for the TV adaptation and Tales of the City for the entire series of novels Further Tales of the City (1982) is the third book in the Tales of the City series... See also: 1981 in literature, other events of 1982, 1983 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Babycakes (1984) is the fourth book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle. ... See also: 1983 in literature, other events of 1984, 1985 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Significant Others (1987) is the fifth book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin, originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle. ... See also: 1986 in literature, other events of 1987, 1988 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sure of You (1989) is the sixth book in the Tales of the City series by San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin. ... See also: 1988 in literature, other events of 1989, 1990 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Michael Tolliver Lives is a 2007 novel by Armistead Maupin. ... The year 2007 in literature involves some significant new books. ... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ...


Characters from the Tales of the City series have appeared in supporting roles in Maupin's later novels Maybe The Moon and The Night Listener. The Night Listener is a roman à clef novel by Armistead Maupin. ...


Musical adaptation

With Maupin's cooperation, Tony Award-winning Avenue Q co-writer Jeff Whitty, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, and Sisters tour keyboardist John "JJ" Garden are writing a musical stage adaptation they hope to have ready for the 2009-2010 Broadway theatre season.[7][8] The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American theatre and are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League [1] at an annual ceremony in New York City. ... Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical that was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. ... Jeff Whitty is a playwright who lives in New York City. ... The Scissor Sisters are an American alternative band who formed in 2001. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ...


References

  1. ^ "Seattle Men's Chorus welcomes Armistead Maupin to Benaroya Hall" - Seattle Gay News Online
  2. ^ Michael Tolliver Lives - BarnesandNoble.com
  3. ^ "I might well come back to Mr Tolliver one more time" - PinkPaper.com Issue 929, 28 June 2007
  4. ^ "The City Slicker Loses His Way" - The Guardian, London
  5. ^ "Tolliver's Travels" - EntertainmentWeekly.com from Issue #939, retrieved 7 June 2007
  6. ^ "ALL ABOUT ARMISTEAD" - SFGate.com from 19 September 2000, retrieved 23 February 2008
  7. ^ "Tales of the City Heads to the Great White Way," by Adam B. Vary, Entertainment Weekly, March 28, 2008
  8. ^ "Tales of the City" heads to the stage. gay.com (14th March, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-03-27.

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