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"Michael's Letter..." Signed 11" x 17" Fine-art Print

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Signed by the author! 

11" x 17" archival pigment print on textured fine-art paper. Each piece is signed by Armistead. Easily framable size. The artwork includes a background image at the bottom that is the line art of a city scape from the recent editions of the "Tales of the City" series book covers. 

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Micheal's Letter to Mama is the most famous thing that Armistead has ever written. Originally it was part of the "Tales" series when it appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and subsequently was part of the novel "More Tales of the City". Armistead wrote it in response to the rise of Anita Bryant and her campaign against the LGBTQ community. It also served as Armistead's coming out letter to his own parents. It has been shared by many as their own coming out letter, performed by numerous Gay Men's Choruses as part of an original choral piece, read in countless public venues by performers such as Sir Ian McKellan, Stephen Frye, and Russel Tovey, and was made into a song in the "Tales of the City" Musical. 

 

San Francisco Chronicle: "It may be the most famous coming out letter ever written. 'Dear Mama,' begins the missive from Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver, the gay hero of Armistead Maupin’s nine-volume San Francisco novel sequence, 'Tales of the City.' The letter goes on to recount the price of staying silent — 'revulsion, shame' and the fear of revealing something 'as basic to my nature as the color of my eyes' — and the 'limitless possibilities of living' that emerge when the closet door opens."

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