The Gallery by John Horne BurnsJohn Horne Burns brought The Gallery back from World War II, and on publication in 1947 it became a critically-acclaimed bestseller. However, Burnss early death at the age of 36 led to the subsequent neglect of this searching book, which captures the shock the war dealt to the preconceptions and ideals of the victorious Americans.
Set in occupied Naples in 1944, The Gallery takes its name from the Galleria Umberto, a bombed-out arcade where everybody in town comes together in pursuit of food, drink, sex, money, and oblivion.
A daring and enduring novel—one of the first to look directly at gay life in the military—The Gallery poignantly conveys the mixed feelings of the men and women who fought the war that made America a superpower.
The first book of real magnitude to come out of the last war. —John Dos Passos
The Manly Pursuit of Desire: John Horne Burns' The Gallery
Burns was a former soldier, now teaching English at Loomis, a prep school. But I fear and in how many senses this may be taken! Like a vast majority of G. The only weapon Burns ever wielded was an X-acto knife. They buy favors from desperate Italian girls and women for packs of gum or cigarettes, turning Naples into a giant bordello and the Galleria into a sexual bourse; line the pockets of their khakis selling whatever they own on the black market; gorge themselves on or throw away vast amounts of food in front of starving Italians. They, or at least the officers among them, are invariably animal-like, with double chins, potbellies and jowls, squiring around their mistresses while their wives wait for them blithely back home. They stand in marked contrast to the Italians, whom Burns depicts as courageous and resilient: to him, Neapolitan whores are far more simpatico than the most upright Red Cross volunteers.
John Horne Burns brought 'The Gallery' back from World War II, and on p This book is centered around the Galleria building, but it is also a gallery in the.
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The first, The Gallery , is his best known work, which was very well received when published and has been reissued several times. Burns was born in in Andover, Massachusetts. He was the eldest of seven children in an upper-middle-class Irish Catholic family. He was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame at St. Augustine's School and then Phillips Academy , where he pursued music. He attended Harvard , where he became fluent in French, German, and Italian and wrote the book for a student musical comedy in