Armistead Maupin is an American author of fiction. He has been interested in storytelling since he was a young child and ended up following his dreams. Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944. He grew up as a child in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he wrote for the paper there, The Daily Tar Heel. From there, he serviced in the Mediterranean as a naval officer and in Vietnam as part of the River Patrol Force.
He worked for a television station earlier in his career that was managed by Jesse Helms. Helms was a personal hero of Maupin’s and the man went on to be a Senator of the United States. Maupin no longer has the exact same opinion of Helms. Maupin came out as an openly gay man when he was thirty. He worked for a newspaper as a reporter in Charleston, South Carolina. He was later assigned to the Associated Press, in the San Francisco bureau, in 1971.
Maupin is the author of the Tales of the City series, which is perhaps the series he is best known for. This novel was first featured as a serial in the Pacific Sun newspaper and the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976. It was first published as a full-length novel in 1978. Maupin currently lives with his husband Christopher Turner in San Francisco.
Armistead Maupin also composed the narration that Lily Tomlin voiced for the documentary, The Celluloid Closet. This documentary focused on how Hollywood depicted homosexual characters in the 20th century in film. This movie was based on the book by Vito Russo and produced by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. It features clips from over 100 films where LGBTQ characters were depicted as monsters, buffoons, or tragic figures. The documentary features interviews with celebrities such as Gore Vidal, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Tony Curtis, and more.
He is currently composing the musical version of his series Tales of the City with Jason Sellards and John Garden of the group Scissor Sisters, and it will be directed by Jason Moore of Avenue Q and Shrek.
He is the author of multiple novels that not only include the Tales of the City series, but Maybe the Moon, The Days of Anna Madrigal, The Night Listener, and Michael Tolliver Lives. He wrote a non-fiction book published in 1995 titled The Question of Equality: Lesbian and Gay Politics in American Since Stonewall.
His first Tales novels were made into a successful three-part miniseries that starred such actors as Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. His book, The Night Listener, was made into a movie featuring Toni Collette and legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams, who plays alter-ego Gabriel Noone. This psychological thriller is based on a mysterious, disturbing phone friendship which inspired the book by Maupin.
Noone is a radio personality that offers counsel to a young boy that is dying. Collette plays the boy’s guardian. The movie played at Sundance and was distributed by Miramax. 20/20 on ABC News investigated the featured mystery and gave answers Maupin didn’t have while writing the novel.
Tales of the City is an outrageous, touching, romantic, and manic saga that could only have been written by Armistead Maupin. When a young secretary who has just come from Cleveland goes into the decidedly new world of San Francisco in 1976, there’s a lot of new experiences that happen. This is a totally different place than what she is used to– and there are lovers in the laundromats, landladies that also happen to cultivate cannabis, debutantes that are ruthlessly competitive, and dance contests where the contestants wear Jockey Shorts!
This is the outrageous world of San Francisco in the seventies that sees several characters finding their own way in this funky city in the seventies at the height of its strange and intoxicating magic. The residents of what comes to be the lifelong friends and roommates at 28 Barbary Lane. They are tended to by a landlady that looks after them and might just be smoking some of the marijuana on the side. Where else but in San Francisco?
Feel the fascination in this debut novel of the series that has been a fixture of pop culture for over three decades. This newspaper serial has grown into a cult classic book and a television event that millions of people ended up watching. It was produced in 1993 for Britain’s Channel 4. At the time, the series was relatively groundbreaking as it featured gay and straight characters.
This drama also received a strong reaction from certain members of the public when it aired on PBS the next year. The miniseries drew official condemnations from the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Georgia. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the PBS station there received a bomb threat for deciding to air the series.
Despite all of this, the ratings for Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin broke records. The National Board of Review gave it Best Miniseries, it was nominated for two Emmys, and it received the Peabody Award. However, PBS gave in to the pressure on them and dispersed with its plans to produce a sequel.
More Tales of the City is the second book in the City series. In this follow-up to the popular first book by Armistead Maupin, the members of 28 Barbary Lane have left the nest they share together for greater and grander adventures.
Mona Ramsey finds her exact same twin in a random desert whorehouse, of all places. Mary Ann Singleton discovers true love while at sea with a beautiful amnesiac who cannot remember anything. Michael Tolliver bumps into his gynecologist by accident in a bar in Mexico, then follows her around in the attempts of making a connection. But it is maybe their landlady, who never leads their home, that is on the greatest journey of all.
Critics praised this book. The Los Angeles Times Book Review says that this sequel is as tough to put down “as a plate of pistachios” and that it’s a constant game of reading one more chapter. The New York Times Book Review called this sequel to the popular debut novel remarkable, delectable, and addictive– check it out and see for yourself!
Books published in order of publication by series:
Tales Of The City Books
|Tales of the City||(1978)|
|More Tales of the City||(1980)|
|Further Tales of the City||(1982)|
|Sure of You||(1989)|
|Michael Tolliver Lives||(2007)|
|Mary Ann in Autumn||(2010)|
|The Days of Anna Madrigal||(2014)|
|Maybe the Moon||(1992)|
|The Night Listener||(2000)|
|The Question of Equality: Lesbian and Gay Politics in America Since Stonewall||(1995)|