authors The Best Gay Authors  

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List Rules 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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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, The importance of being Earnest and other plays

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Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass, Drum Taps, Song of Myself

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James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gay Authors
James Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain, Another Country, Notes of a Native Son

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Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, Mrs Dalloway

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Tennessee Williams Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real

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Christopher Isherwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Christopher Isherwood A Single Man, Goodbye to Berlin, Isherwood on Writing

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Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time, Swann in love, Le Temps Retrouve

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E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gay Authors
E. M. Forster A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howards End

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Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Truman Capote In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Other Voices

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W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. H. Auden Look, Stranger!, The orators

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Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Langston Hughes The panther & the lash, Mule Bone, Montage of a Dream Deferred

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D. H. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gay Authors
D. H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow

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Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Patricia Highsmith The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train, Ripley Under Ground

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T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gay Authors
T. S. Eliot The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Murder in the Cathedral

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Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Emily Dickinson The complete poems, Acts of Light: The World of Emily Dickinson, New poems of Emily Dickinson

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Rita Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Rita Mae Brown Rubyfruit Jungle, Puss 'n Cahoots, Mord in Monticello. Ein Fall für Mrs. Murphy

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Plato The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Alice Walker The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, The Temple of My Familiar

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E. Annie Proulx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gay Authors
E. Annie Proulx The Shipping News, Fine Just the Way It Is, That Old Ace in the Hole

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Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Gertrude Stein The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, The Making of Americans, Three Lives

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Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall

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Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Arthur Rimbaud A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

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Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Genet The Balcony, The Blacks: A Clown Show, The Maids

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Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edward Albee A Delicate Balance, The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Play About the Baby

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Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Yukio Mishima Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colors, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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Edna St. Vincent Millay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edna St. Vincent Millay Fatal interview, The murder of Lidice, Wine from these grapes

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Michael Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Michael Cunningham A Home at the End of the World, The Hours, Specimen Days

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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Allen Ginsberg Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

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Armistead Maupin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Armistead Maupin Michael Tolliver Lives, The Night Listener, Tales of The City Audio Collection

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Willa Cather is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Willa Cather My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

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Edmund White is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edmund White The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Joy of Gay Sex, The Farewell Symphony

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David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gay Authors
David Sedaris Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

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Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Noël Coward Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

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Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Federico García Lorca Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding

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W. Somerset Maugham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale

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Jeanette Winterson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jeanette Winterson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body, Sexing the Cherry

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Herman Melville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Herman Melville Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Omoo

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Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Audre Lorde The Cancer Journals, The Marvelous Arithmetic of Distance: Poems 1987-1992, A Burst of Light: Essays

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Derek Jarman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Derek Jarman Wittgenstein, Derek Jarman's Garden, The last of England

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Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish, Madness and Civilization, The History of Sexuality

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Sappho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sappho The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho, Woman from child (Sappho)

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Anaïs Nin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Anaïs Nin Delta of Venus, Henry and June, Fire: From a Journal of Love

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Sarah Waters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Little Stranger

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Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Cocteau The Human Voice, Opium, journal d'une désintoxication

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Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Harvey Fierstein La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, The Sissy Duckling

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Bret Easton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho, Less Than Zero, Glamorama

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Gore Vidal Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

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Albert Russo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Albert Russo Mixed Blood, The Black Ancestor, L'Amant de mon Père

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Paul Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Paul Verlaine Sagesse, Paul Verlaine, Selected poems

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Clive Barker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Clive Barker The Damnation Game, The Thief of Always, The Hellbound Heart