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Trompe L'Oeil Paperback – October 6, 2015
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About the Author
George Cadogan Gardner McKay was born in Manhattan, New York City. His early years were spent in France, Connecticut and Kentucky. At age fifteen, he published his first story. He attended Cornell University where he edited the humor magazine, wrote a film review column for the paper, and was briefly president of his class. He rowed on their crew. He has been awarded several prizes for his writing:- The Drama Critics Award for playwriting, the Sydney Carrington Prize. He won three National Endowment for the Arts grants for playwriting. Five of his play have been published by Samuel French Publishing Company, Sea Marks, Masters of the Sea, Toyer, Me, In Order of Appearance. McKay’s plays have been, and continue to be, produced in every state in the union and internationally. Sea Marks won the National Regional Theatre Award in Canada. The Drama Critics Circle Award, best play of the year, and has been produced in NYC in many Off-Broadway productions - among them the Players Theatre (“Best Off- Broadway Play, Walter Kerr, New York Times) the Manhattan Theatre Club, and other theatres. Sea Marks has also been broadcast on B.B.C. Radio Theatre, London. McKay’s play Toyer was first staged at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., directed by Tony Richardson. It has also been produced by Michael White at The Redgrave Theatre in England and more recently in London, at The Arts theatre in the West End. McKay’s play Untold Damage (PBS) Written and directed by McKay for PBS, was cited as the best television production by Television Theatre. McKay was Drama critic and Drama editor for the Los Angeles Herald Tribune. During the time he was with the Herald he invented a method of review called the “Triple Review”: Three brief reviews of the same play by three writers. He taught playwriting at U.C.L.A at his Playwriting Roundtable. Later he taught playwriting and screenwriting at University of Southern California, Juneau Alaska, and the University of Hawaii. McKay’s novels include Toyer (a novel, which won critical acclaim upon its release in 1998 and is currently in pre-production for a major motion film). Journey Without a Map(autobiography). The Kinsman, The Last American, 10 Bloomsbury Square, and Trompe L’Oeil. From 1995 - until his death in November 2001, Mr. McKay wrote and recorded stories for his weekly radio show “Stories on the Wind” which aired on Hawaii Public Radio each Sunday night.
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Thank you Madeleine for taking on the enormous task of making this book possible for us to enjoy.
In retrospect, was Gardner an actor? No, not really, but damn that man could write!! Gardner draws you into this amazing love story just as his character Simon draws you into his paintings. But with great talent comes a price to high for Simon to pay. His insanity leads him to destroy all of his famous works. Hiding on John Jay Street he finds the love of his life. His love for Anna takes him to Paris where he loses her. His love for her is strong enough to bring her back to him. But as greed and Interpol chase them from Paris to the south of France, Italy, the Mediterranean and finally to the Canary Islands, is his love strong enough to keep her or must he let her go?!
Love, action, mystery – this story has it all. Thank you Gardner for your wonderful writing, may you Rest in Peace. Thank you Madeleine McKay for your work and dedication in bringing your husband's unpublished works to fruition so that the rest of may enjoy his work.