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The Best Gay Authors

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

Famous gay writers: a list of over 300 of the most notable gay writers, with photos. 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 writing--from poems and novels to fantastic journalism and 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 writers 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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    To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, Mrs Dalloway

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

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

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

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

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

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    Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

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

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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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    Look, Stranger!, The orators

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

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    A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

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

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

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    My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

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

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

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

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    Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Omoo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Fight Club, Haunted, Choke

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

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

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

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

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    The Wreck of the Deutschland, Poems and Prose, Hopkins

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

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

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    The Sheltering Sky, Pages from Cold Point, A hundred camels in the ...

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

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    Sour Grapes, In the American Grain, Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems ...

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    Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

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

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    Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

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    The Last of Cheri, Gigi, Chéri

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