LGBT The Best Gay Authors  

Ron Garcia
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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

Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History The Greatest Graphic Novels and Collected Editions

2
250 94
James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gay Authors
James Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain, Another Country, Notes of a Native Son

3
366 113
Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass, Drum Taps, Song of Myself

4
414 97
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

5
278 84
Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Truman Capote In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Other Voices

6
351 94
Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Tennessee Williams Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real

7
142 57
Christopher Isherwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gay Authors
dennisluccio added Christopher Isherwood A Single Man, Goodbye to Berlin, Isherwood on Writing

8
252 98
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time, Swann in love, Le Temps Retrouve

9
237 66
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

10
179 81
Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Langston Hughes The panther & the lash, Mule Bone, Montage of a Dream Deferred

11
159 70
W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. H. Auden Look, Stranger!, The orators

12
235 65
Plato is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Plato The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

13
181 66
D. H. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gay Authors
D. H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow

14
129 41
Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Patricia Highsmith The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train, Ripley Under Ground

15
265 92
T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 15 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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16
263 65
Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
97 48
Rita Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Rita Mae Brown Rubyfruit Jungle, Puss 'n Cahoots, Mord in Monticello. Ein Fall für Mrs. Murphy

18
164 58
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

19
136 71
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

20
158 63
Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Federico García Lorca Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding

21
143 36
Sappho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sappho The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho, Woman from child (Sappho)

22
157 44
Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Arthur Rimbaud A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

23
94 46
E. Annie Proulx is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
99 32
Yukio Mishima is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Yukio Mishima Confessions of a Mask, Forbidden Colors, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

25
106 36
Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall

26
89 44
Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Genet The Balcony, The Blacks: A Clown Show, The Maids

27
96 36
Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edward Albee A Delicate Balance, The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Play About the Baby

28
77 41
Edna St. Vincent Millay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edna St. Vincent Millay Fatal interview, The murder of Lidice, Wine from these grapes

29
191 74
Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Allen Ginsberg Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

Families with Multiple Gay Children The Best Things About Fall

30
111 51
Armistead Maupin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Armistead Maupin Michael Tolliver Lives, The Night Listener, Tales of The City Audio Collection

31
92 41
Michael Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Michael Cunningham A Home at the End of the World, The Hours, Specimen Days

32
108 37
Willa Cather is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Willa Cather My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

33
85 44
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

34
73 35
Anaïs Nin is listed (or ranked) 34 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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168 57
David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 35 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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76 40
Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 36 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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97 38
Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Noël Coward Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

38
127 57
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

39
118 33
W. Somerset Maugham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale

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43 29
Bret Easton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gay Authors
carlybobarly added Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho, Less Than Zero, Glamorama

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56 27
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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142 50
Herman Melville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Herman Melville Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Omoo

43
62 34
Jeanette Winterson is listed (or ranked) 43 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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108 36
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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37 30
Derek Jarman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Derek Jarman Wittgenstein, Derek Jarman's Garden, The last of England

46
105 54
Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Harvey Fierstein La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, The Sissy Duckling

47
127 50
Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Gore Vidal Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

48
66 32
Paul Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Paul Verlaine Sagesse, Paul Verlaine, Selected poems

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87 32
Colette is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Colette The Last of Cheri, Gigi, Chéri

50
23 23
Lorraine Hansberry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gay Authors
2probb added Lorraine Hansberry A Raisin in the Sun, Les blancs: the collected last plays of Lorraine Hansberry, Spark Notes A Raisin in the Sun