The Best Gay Authors Authors

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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    The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, The importance of being Earnest and ...

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    Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real

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    Leaves of Grass, Drum Taps, Song of Myself

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    A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howards End

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

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    A Single Man, Goodbye to Berlin, Isherwood on Writing

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

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

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    Look, Stranger!, The orators

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    A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

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

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    Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall

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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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    The Human Voice, Opium, journal d'une désintoxication

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

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    Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Omoo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

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    Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

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    Fight Club, Haunted, Choke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Bull from the Sea, The King Must Die, Fire from Heaven

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

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    Bastard out of Carolina, Skin: Talking About Sex, Class And Literature

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

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    The Last of Cheri, Gigi, Chéri

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    The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice, The Tables of the Law

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    Don Juan, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Manfred

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    The Counterfeiters, The Immoralist, Strait Is the Gate

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

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    Aeneid, Eclogues, The Georgics

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