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UCLA Extension Alum Publishes Third Novel

It’s always nice to hear about the success of someone like Larry Maisner, an engineer and technical writer who chose to nurture his more creative aspirations on the side, via the esteemed UCLA extension writer’s program.

The Encino-based British native has just published his third novel, The Glorious Whore of Milan. Set in Renaissance era Italy, it tells the tale of a plucky heroine who takes on the suffering caused by the indifference of the Catholic Church.

In some ways, Maisner’s latest work ties back to the 1970 Italian movie Story of a Woman, written and directed by one of his UCLA mentors, the late Leonardo Berkovici. The love triangle starred James Farentino, Robert Stack, and Bibi Andersson.

The author’s first novel was a political thriller, Engines of Corruption, followed by From a Gentle Lantern. He cites as his other UCLA mentors novelist Richard Setlowe and screenwriter Michael Levin.

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