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Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation


Could also be titled "Ellison: The Rogue Years," since it was in Rogue, an Illinois-based men's magazine, where many of these stories first appeared, and where shortly thereafter Ellison became an editor.

The tales obviously transcended their domain. Gentleman Junkie, in its original edition, was the only paperback Dorothy Parker ever reviewed -- and reviewed very positively, calling Ellison "a good, honest, clean writer, putting down what he has seen and known, and no sensationalism about it." And of one story in particular, "Daniel White for the Greater Good," Parker wrote, "It is without exception the best presentation I have ever seen of present racial conditions in the South and of those who try to alleviate them."

Who am I to argue with Dorothy Parker? Gentleman Junkie is indispensable.


  • Foreword (by Frank M. Robinson)
  • Introduction: The Children of Nights (1961 edition)
  • New Introduction: The Children of Nights (1975 edition)
  • Final Shtick
  • Gentleman Junkie
  • May We Also Speak? Four Statements from the Hung-Up Generation
    • Now You're on the Box!
    • The Rocks of Gogroth
    • Payment Returned, Unopened
    • The Truith
  • Daniel White for the Greater Good
  • Lady Bug, Lady Bug
  • Free With This Box!
  • There's One on Every Campus
  • At the Mountains of Blindness
  • This is Jackie Spinning
  • No Game for Children
  • The Late, Great Arnie Draper
  • High Dice
  • Enter the Fanatic, Stage Center
  • Someone is Hungrier
  • Memory of a Muted Trumpe
  • The Time of the Eye (1961 edition)
  • Turnpike (1975 edition)
  • Sally in Our Alley
  • The Silence of Infidelity
  • Have Coolth
  • RFD #2 (with H. Slesar)
  • No Fourth Commandment
  • The Night of Delicate Terrors

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