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Teleny, a homoerotic short novel believed by some scholars to have been written by Oscar Wilde, was published anonymously in the year of Wilde's trial, and has been ignored by most editors of Wilde's works. Nowadays literature rates it as an important antipole to the prudish idealism of the neo-classic and neo-romantic lyric love poetry of the fin de siècle: a work of unmasking the cynical double moral standards of the Victorian era. The love of Camille and Teleny is shattered by social reprisals. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleny [Jan 2005]

Gay writers

A * Jacques d'Adelsward-Fersen * Vasily Aksyonov * Edward Albee * Francesco Algarotti * Horatio Alger, Jr. * Jerzy Andrzejewski * Kenneth Anger * Reinaldo Arenas * Willem Arondeus * John Ashbery * W. H. Auden

B * Francis Bacon * Paul Bailey * James Baldwin (writer) * Alan Ball (screenwriter) * Clive Barker * Roland Barthes * Brendan Behan * A. C. Benson * Peter Lamborn Wilson * John Boswell * Michel Marc Bouchard * Edwin Emmanuel Bradford * Christopher Bram * David Bret * David Brock * Oscar Browning * Chandler Burr * Augusten Burroughs * William S. Burroughs * Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

C * Andrew Calimach * Michael Callen * Truman Capote * Edward Carpenter * Constantine P. Cavafy * Luis Cernuda * Wayson Choy * Ralph Chubb * Jean Cocteau * Dennis Cooper * Noel Coward * Hart Crane * Quentin Crisp * Michael Cunningham

D * Guy Davenport * Russell T. Davies * Samuel R. Delany * Lord Alfred Douglas

F * Timothy Findley * E. M. Forster * Michel Foucault * Brad Fraser * Stephen Fry

G * Federico García Lorca * Jean Genet * Stefan George * David Gerrold * André Gide * Allen Ginsberg * Paul Goodman (writer) * Juan Goytisolo

H * Gerald Hannon * E. Lynn Harris * Tomson Highway * Alan Hollinghurst * Homoeroticism * Alfred Edward Housman * Richard Howard

I * Witi Ihimaera * William Inge * Christopher Isherwood

J * Max Jacob * Derek Jarman * Edmund John

K * James Kirkwood * Larry Kramer * Elisar von Kupffer * Tony Kushner

L * Bruce LaBruce * David Leavitt * Robert Lepage * José Lezama Lima * Lance Loud

M * Daniel MacIvor * Micheál MacLiammóir * John Henry Mackay * Alberto Manguel * Klaus Mann * Thomas Mann * Christopher Marlowe * William Somerset Maugham * Armistead Maupin * Frank McGuinness * Terrence McNally * James Merrill * Yukio Mishima * John Cameron Mitchell * Murathan Mungan

N * Émile Nelligan * John Beverly Nichols * John Gambril Nicholson * Henri Nouwen * Abu Nuwas

O * Joe Orton * Wilfred Owen

P * Pai Hsien-yung * Chuck Palahniuk * Morris Panych * Dale Peck * Stan Persky * Roger Peyrefitte * John Preston * Marcel Proust * Manuel Puig

R * John Rechy * Forrest Reid * Christopher Rice * Bill Richardson (radio) * Sinclair Ross * Geoff Ryman

S * Dan Savage * David Sedaris * Shyam Selvadurai * Randy Shilts * Labi Siffre * Michelangelo Signorile * Stephen Spender * Straton of Sardis * Andrew Sullivan * Vince Suzukawa

T * Michel Tremblay * Andrew Tobias * Colm Tóibín * Michel Tournier * Colin Turnbull

U * Karl Heinrich Ulrichs * Uranian poetry

V * Pierre Vallières * Paul Verlaine * Gore Vidal

W * Hugh Walpole * Tony Warren * William Whitehead (Canadian writer) * Walt Whitman * Oscar Wilde * Thornton Wilder * Tennessee Williams * Ludwig Wittgenstein * David Wojnarowicz * Gustav Wyneken

Z * Mark Richard Zubro --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Gay_writers [Mar 2005]

Gay Male Mystery Fiction

In the decades since Stonewall, gay male mystery fiction has burgeoned in the United States, both in quantity and in quality, and has increasingly been issued by mainstream presses.

Between the 1930s and the 1960s, gay males occasionally appeared in British and American mystery fiction, but they were largely relegated to minor roles as either villains or victims, and their lives were invariably pictured as bleak and unfulfilled. Typical early examples of villainous gays are the effeminate hood in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon (1930) and the transvestite Nazi spy in Ross Macdonald's The Dark Tunnel (1944, published under the name Kenneth Millar). --http://www.glbtq.com/literature/myst_fic_gay.html [June 2004]


  • A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition - Gregory Woods [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    The very idea of a unique tradition of gay-male writing began relatively recently. Early in the 20th century, homosexual writers began to write more honestly. Yet writers, both gay and straight, have written about the experience of homosexuality since ancient times. In his encyclopedic overview, Gregory Woods has knitted together a transhistorical and transcultural history--a tradition--of gay-male writing over the centuries. Using a broad but readily applicable definition of gay literature that includes works by openly gay men, works in which homosexual activity occurs, and works that manifest a gay "sensibility," Woods manages to move us from Homer to David Leavitt, from Arabic poets of the classical age to contemporary South African poetry, from closeted Victorian memoirs to AIDS literature. By its nature, A History of Gay Literature lacks the specificity of critique that illuminates individual work, but this approach is more than compensated for by the book's ability to locate and discuss amazing similarities of experience and expression throughout history and culture. Highly intelligent, jauntily written, and endlessly informative, A History of Gay Literature is an impressive addition to contemporary gay scholarship. --Amazon.com

  • Queer Pulp: Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback - Susan Stryker [Amazon.com]
    This pair of paeans to the paperback offers two diverse focuses, with some crossover. Culture historian Lupoff's heavily illustrated account traces the paperback's roots to the 1800s but focuses primarily on the era from 1920 onward, with emphasis on the many players who took the penny dreadful and morphed it into a legitimate publishing form to create empires. Stryker, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, focuses on the tawdry side of paperback publishing, which in some cases was an extension of the pornography trade tailored for the reading middle class. Though some of these pulp books were penned by serious scribes trying to elevate writings with a homosexual focus into a legitimate art form, most failed to get beyond the sleazy cheap thrills for which they were intended. Many of the trashier ones e.g., Hot Pants Homo, Lesbo Lodge were so bad that they have become kitschy collector's items. Both volumes are profusely illustrated with loads of covers from the sublime to the ridiculous, making them quite browsable. Libraries needing a straight (no pun intended) history of paperback publishing should consider Lupoff's title, strangely available as a pricey hardcover, while those serving gay communities will do well with Stryker. Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" --Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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