writers 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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352 107
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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231 88
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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388 94
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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339 90
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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133 53
Christopher Isherwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gay Authors
dennisluccio added Christopher Isherwood A Single Man, Goodbye to Berlin, Isherwood on Writing

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239 91
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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261 77
Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Truman Capote In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Other Voices

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219 63
E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 9 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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152 65
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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169 78
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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172 63
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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122 37
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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256 87
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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248 62
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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91 44
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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220 60
Plato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Plato The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

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156 55
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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131 69
Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 19 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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88 40
Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Genet The Balcony, The Blacks: A Clown Show, The Maids

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101 32
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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93 44
E. Annie Proulx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Buzz the Bear added E. Annie Proulx The Shipping News, Fine Just the Way It Is, That Old Ace in the Hole

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95 29
Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 23 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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148 41
Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Arthur Rimbaud A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

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95 32
Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 25 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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77 38
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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183 68
Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Allen Ginsberg Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

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90 37
Michael Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 28 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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106 49
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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154 60
Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 30 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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107 34
Willa Cather is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Willa Cather My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

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134 34
Sappho is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sappho The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho, Woman from child (Sappho)

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83 40
Edmund White is listed (or ranked) 33 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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95 35
Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Noël Coward Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

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115 31
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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Anaïs Nin is listed (or ranked) 36 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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161 56
David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 37 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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122 54
Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish, Madness and Civilization, The History of Sexuality

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140 46
Herman Melville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Herman Melville Moby-Dick; or^! The Whale, Omoo^! a narrative of adventures in the South seas, Typee

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72 38
Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 40 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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53 25
Sarah Waters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Little Stranger

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60 32
Jeanette Winterson is listed (or ranked) 42 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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37 27
Derek Jarman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Derek Jarman Wittgenstein, Derek Jarman's Garden, The last of England

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103 33
Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Cocteau The Human Voice, Opium^! journal d'une désintoxication, Les Enfants Terribles

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102 53
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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122 49
Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Gore Vidal Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

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65 29
Paul Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Paul Verlaine Sagesse, Paul Verlaine, Selected poems

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72 36
Albert Russo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gay Authors
AdamAngel added Albert Russo Mixed Blood, The Black Ancestor, L'Amant de mon Père

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82 29
Colette is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Colette The Last of Cheri, Gigi, Chéri

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40 26
Bret Easton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gay Authors
carlybobarly added Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho, Less Than Zero, Glamorama