The Best Gay Authors

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List Criteria: List includes known gay authors, living or dead—can be novelists, short story or film writers, poets, etc. Vote on the merits of their work

Who are the most famous gay writers in history? This list contains over 200 of the most notable gay writers ever, with photos where available. Some of the literary world's best talent has come from gay writers. The best gay authors may or may not choose to speak openly about their sexuality and tackle it as a theme in their writing or in their books. The LGBT community has contributed wonderful pieces of writingfrom poems and novels to fantastic journalismand many gay writers of the 20th century, like Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams, are studied in school and revered for their work.

Who are the most famous gay and lesbian authors? This list includes authors from ancient times to modern day, famous gay poets, novelists, screenplay writers and LGBT authors. Some on the list may not be considered "gay" by modern terms as cultures have changed throughout the centuries. Others were out and proud and used their unique experience to create some of the best gay literature of all time. That said, regardless of their era in antiquity, these gay authors have all expressed interest in same-sex relations.
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    most listed
    The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, The importance of being Earnest and ...

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    Leaves of Grass, Drum Taps, Song of Myself

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    Go Tell It on the Mountain, Another Country, Notes of a Native Son

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    Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real

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    To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, Mrs Dalloway

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    A Single Man, Goodbye to Berlin, Isherwood on Writing

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    In Search of Lost Time, Swann in love, Le Temps Retrouve

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    the people's #1
    A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howards End

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    In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Other Voices

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    Look, Stranger!, The orators

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    The panther & the lash, Mule Bone, Montage of a Dream Deferred

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    Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train, Ripley Under Ground

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    The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Murder in the ...

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    The complete poems, Acts of Light: The World of Emily Dickinson, New poems ...

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    The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

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    Rubyfruit Jungle, Puss 'n Cahoots, Mord in Monticello. Ein Fall für ...

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    The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, The Temple of My Familiar ...

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    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, The Making of Americans, Three Lives ...

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    The Shipping News, Fine Just the Way It Is, That Old Ace in the Hole

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    Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall

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    A Delicate Balance, The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Play About the ...

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    A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

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    Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colors, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace ...

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    The Balcony, The Blacks: A Clown Show, The Maids

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    Fatal interview, The murder of Lidice, Wine from these grapes

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    A Home at the End of the World, The Hours, Specimen Days

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    Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

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    My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

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    Michael Tolliver Lives, The Night Listener, Tales of The City Audio ...

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    Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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    Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding ...

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    The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Joy of Gay Sex, The Farewell Symphony

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    Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale

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    Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

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    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body, Sexing the Cherry

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    Moby-Dick; or^! The Whale, Omoo^! a narrative of adventures in the South ...

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    The Human Voice, Opium^! journal d'une désintoxication, Les Enfants ...

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    Discipline and Punish, Madness and Civilization, The History of Sexuality ...

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    The Cancer Journals, The Marvelous Arithmetic of Distance: Poems ...

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    Wittgenstein, Derek Jarman's Garden, The last of England

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    The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho, Woman from child (Sappho)

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    Albert Russo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gay Authors

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    Mixed Blood, The Black Ancestor, L'Amant de mon Père

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    Delta of Venus, Henry and June, Fire: From a Journal of Love

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    Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Little Stranger

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    American Psycho, Less Than Zero, Glamorama

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    La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, The Sissy Duckling

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    Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

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    Sagesse, Paul Verlaine, Selected poems

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    The Damnation Game, The Thief of Always, The Hellbound Heart

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