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Queer People
by Carroll Graham and Garrett Graham
afterword by Bud Schulberg
Southern Illinois University Press, 1976
Cloth: 978-0-8093-0784-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8116-6
Library of Congress Classification PZ3.G75673Qe 1976
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.52


A brilliantly savage story, Queer People is, according to Budd Schulberg, “a racy testament to an era as totally van­ished as the civilization of the Aztecs,” and if not the Hollywood novel is “at least a truly seminal work.”

Today’s readers will recognize in this long-forgotten Hollywood novel the seeds of three longer-lived ones, The Day of the Locust, What Makes Sammy Run?,and The Last Tycoon. They may also recognize Whitey, the hero of the Grahams’ novel, as a forerunner of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Pat Hobby.

The central figure in the novel is an archetypal newspaper reporter who drifts to Hollywood. Whitey discovers the social microcosm of the studio-people, and finds himself in his ele­ment. He penetrates strange places and encounters queer people—the story conference, the three-day party, the titans and the moguls. When a murder ends his interlude he leaves Hollywood as casually as he discovered it.

Originally published in 1930 Queer People was a scandalous roman à clef, irreverent to the “industry,” and totally amoral—qualities lacking in later Hol­lywood fiction. Hence itis at once an important social document and an ex­citing original work.

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