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Dundurn Press Fall 2021

I, Gloria Grahame
By (author): Sky Gilbert
Sky Gilbert


Rare Machines - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 05, 2021
$22.99 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 1 in | 300 gr

Page Count:

200 pages
Dundurn Press
Rare Machines
Biographical fiction|Narrative theme: Love and relationships|Relating to gay people
  • Short Description
Shy, effeminate Professor Denton Moulton lives in his head, and in his head he is really a long-dead movie star — the glamorous Gloria Grahame, from the golden age of Hollywood. His own sex life is nonexistent and he feels he hardly has a right to exist, let alone to tell anyone else’s stories. But Gloria’s sex life is scandalous.
A professor of English literature writes the autobiography of his fantasy alter-ego, wanton movie star Gloria Grahame, while his own sexual desires go frustrated.

Denton Moulton — a shy, effeminate male professor — lives inside his head, where he is really a long-dead movie star: the glamorous Gloria Grahame, from the golden age of Hollywood. Professor Moulton is desperate to reveal Gloria’s shocking secret before he dies. Does he have the right to tell this woman’s story? Who, in fact, has the right to tell anyone’s story at all?

A scandalous, humorous novel of taboo desires and repression, I, Gloria Grahame alternates between Gloria’s imagined life with her film-director husband, Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause, and Denton’s increasingly frustrated real-life attempts to produce his own work of art: an all-male drag production of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis. The novel takes us from high-strung film sets to dark bars and the puritanical offices of government arts granting agencies, where Denton runs up against the sternest warnings that he may not, in fact, imagine himself as someone else, even in art.


  • A dual strand narrative in the voices of an aging, sexually repressed, and gay English prof and his imagined alter ego, the film star Gloria Grahame
  • Gloria Grahame is film star from the Golden Age of Hollywood who fought against sexual taboos, notably by her relationship with a much younger man, who was the son of her ex-husband
  • Exploring themes of sexual repression, shame, desire, gay experience, and two-spirited identity
  • Advance praise from playwright Tomson Highway: “Brilliant. An important addition to Two-Spirited literature.”
  • Author has published seven previous novels, including ReLit Award winner An English Gentleman (2004)

Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was the founder of Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, has had more than forty plays produced, and published seven novels and three poetry collections. Toronto has even named a street after him. Sky lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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For more information contact
Heather Wood, [email protected]

Brilliant. An important addition to Two-Spirited literature. - Tomson Highway

I, Gloria Grahame is that rarest of literary things, a sharp satire of these tremulous times that actually makes one laugh. It's brave, it's shocking, it's compelling, and best of all, it's not too long. It's De Profundis for the beach. - Scott Thompson, Canadian television actor and comedian

Sky Gilbert’s new novel I, Gloria Grahame, is my favourite novel of the year... The satire is sharp and salty.

- May Gay Toronto

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