Books: Neo-Gothic Trend

EUSTACE CHISHOLM AND THE WORKS by James Purdy. 241 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $5.95.

"All I've been treated to for the last six months is stories about guys in love with guys. Christ, the age of anybody being in love with girls must be over!" Thus moans a female character is Eustace Chisholm and the Works. The comment sounds distressingly like today's beleaguered fiction reviewer. Perhaps the fastest-growing literary genre in these times is frankly homosexual fiction in which the demimonde of the third sex is fully exposed down to its rawest nerve ending.

This sort of novel (John Rechy's City of...

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