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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    Leaves of Grass, Drum Taps, Song of Myself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

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

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

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    A Single Man, Goodbye to Berlin, Isherwood on Writing

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    A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

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    Look, Stranger!, The orators

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    Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

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

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    The Human Voice, Opium, journal d'une désintoxication

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    Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall

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    My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

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    Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

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    Fight Club, Haunted, Choke

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

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

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

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

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    Albert Russo is listed (or ranked) 39 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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    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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    Discipline and Punish, Madness and Civilization, The History of Sexuality ...

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    The Counterfeiters, The Immoralist, Strait Is the Gate

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

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

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    Aeneid, Eclogues, The Georgics

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    Cousin Bette, The Quest of the Absolute, Ursule Mirouët

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

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    Sagesse, Paul Verlaine, Selected poems

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