Author Liz Brown will discuss her recently released book Twilight Man: Love and Ruin in the Shadows of Hollywood and the Clark Empire. Twilight Man details the unbelievable true story of Harrison Post—the enigmatic lover of one of the richest men in 1920s Hollywood—and the battle for a family fortune.
In the booming 1920s, William Andrews Clark Jr. was one of the richest, most respected men in Los Angeles. The son of the mining tycoon known as “The Copper King of Montana,” Clark launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic and helped create the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a man with secrets, including a lover named Harrison Post.
A former sales clerk, Post enjoyed a lavish existence among Hollywood elites, but the men’s money—and their homosexuality—made them targets, for the district attorney, their employees and, in Post’s case, his own family. When Clark died suddenly, Post inherited a substantial fortune—and a wealth of trouble. From Prohibition-era Hollywood to Nazi prison camps to Mexico City nightclubs, Twilight Man tells the story of an illicit love and the battle over an inheritance that would destroy one man’s life.
In recent years, readers have come to know the remarkable story of Clark’s half-sister Huguette and her contested fortune. Now comes a new history of the same Gilded Age dynasty. Harrison Post was forgotten for decades, but after a chance encounter with his portrait, Liz Brown, Clark’s great-grandniece, set out to learn his story. TWILIGHT MAN is more than a biography. It’s a reckoning with the dark legacy of an American empire and a forgotten man’s quest for home.
Liz Brown has written for Bookforum, Elle Decor, London Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review, and other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.