American writer, best known for a sequence of six comic novels depicting alternative lifestyles in San Francisco, beginning with Tales of the City (1978) and ending with Sure of You (1989). Beginning life as a daily newspaper serial, this joyous roman fleuve about the inhabitants of a bohemian boarding house broke new ground in its high‐spirited celebration of gay subcultures. Maupin was also one of the first writers to chronicle the AIDS epidemic. Maybe the Moon (1992), a more muted satire on hypocrisy in the film business, was followed by The Night Listener (2000).
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).