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John Francisco Rechy
(March 10, 1934 - living) U.S.A.

John Rechy

Writer and playwright


Born in El Paso, Texas, of Mexican aristocratic parentage, the family fled persecution during the purges of Pancho Villa. Rechy was educated at Texas Western College, and later served in the US army in Germany. On leaving the Army he moved to New york where a period of drifting and hustling inspired his first novel. He is a novelist of the underground life of sex and drugs, mainly of gay world, presented with candid directness. Besides his writing, he has taught film and literature classes at the University of South California.

His novels attracted a wide gay readership, not only for their raunchy sexual content, but also because their internal debates reflected the concern of many gay men of the time, of balancing the conflicts between the wholesale availability of sexual gratification and the awareness that there must be more to life. He lives with his partner since 1981.



  • City of Night (1963)
  • Numbers (1967)
  • This Day's Death (1969)
  • The Vampires (1971)
  • The Fourth Angel (1972)
  • The Sexual Outlaw: A Documentary (1977)
  • Rushes (1979)
  • Bodies and Souls (1983)
  • Marilyn's Daughter (1988)
  • The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomes (1991)
  • Our Lady of Babylon (1996)
  • The Coming of the Night (1999)
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