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Gay Literature

Updated: December 13, 2012

Fiction and nonfiction with characters and/or plot pertaining to male homosexuality.

by Levithan, David.
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Boy meets boy. Boy falls in love with boy. Boy messes up spectacularly. Boy loses boy. Boy tries to win boy back. Levithan has created a beatiful and fantastically idealistic world with lovable characters and snappy dialog.

by Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983.
Call Number: 812 W727-10 2004
Maggie struggles to keep her marriage together and inheritance intact, while husband Brick drinks to forget the failed love of an old football teammate. Williams' scene notes and unusual characterization of patriarch Big Daddy's unconditional love for his son in the 1950s American south makes reading this play more rewarding than watching the sanitized Newman/Taylor film.

by Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.
Call Number: Ed.j
Gustav von Aschenbach, a middle-age German writer in the early 1900s, travels to Venice alone on a meditative journey that becomes a life-altering infatuation/obsession with a young boy. This study of self-hate vs. the pursuit of happiness is also notable for the Michael Cunningham introduction on the subtleties of translation in the Michael Henry Heim edition.

by Baldwin, James, 1924-1987.
Call Number: Ed.c

David is a young American living in 1950s Paris, retreating from his fiancée and discovering homosexual love with Italian bartender Giovanni. Daring and bald-faced, this novel is written with such a modern tone, it could be set in current-day West Hollywood.

by Forster, E. M. 1879-1970.
Call Number: Ed.b
Maurice is a student at Cambridge in the early 1900s who discovers, despite his social status and predictable career expectations, he is altogether unpredictably homosexual. Written in 1913 but not published until 1971, Maurice is shockingly modern and upfront; a tale of awareness, loss, and ultimately love.

by Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986.
Call Number: Ed.b
A single day in the life of George, a college English professor in 1960s Los Angeles, as he copes with the sudden death of his lover. George is wry, witty and, although cynical, ultimately positive as he seeks a way to connect with a life that is trying to leave him behind.