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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1
874 168
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

2
303 115
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
481 108
Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, Mrs Dalloway

4
420 130
Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass, Drum Taps, Song of Myself

5
315 96
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
399 105
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
163 71
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
262 71
E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gay Authors
E. M. Forster A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howards End

9
285 112
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time, Swann in love, Le Temps Retrouve

10
201 85
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
172 75
W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. H. Auden Look, Stranger!, The orators

12
149 45
Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Patricia Highsmith The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train, Ripley Under Ground

13
268 79
Plato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Plato The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

14
194 76
D. H. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gay Authors
D. H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow

Famous Gay Men: List of Gay Men Throughout History

15
295 68
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

16
110 52
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

17
286 101
T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gay Authors
T. S. Eliot The Waste Land, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Murder in the Cathedral

18
188 65
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
158 75
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
180 41
Sappho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sappho The Poetry of Sappho, The songs of Sappho, Woman from child (Sappho)

21
181 67
Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Federico García Lorca Doña Rosita the Spinster, The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding

The Greatest Science Fiction Novels of All Time

22
185 47
Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Arthur Rimbaud A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

23
111 34
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

24
103 50
E. Annie Proulx is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
117 41
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
97 48
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
92 43
Edna St. Vincent Millay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edna St. Vincent Millay Fatal interview, The murder of Lidice, Wine from these grapes

28
107 41
Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edward Albee A Delicate Balance, The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Play About the Baby

27 Celebrities with Gay Parents

29
211 82
Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Allen Ginsberg Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

30
124 56
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
101 45
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
119 38
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
92 42
Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
100 48
Edmund White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Edmund White The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Joy of Gay Sex, The Farewell Symphony

35
84 40
Anaïs Nin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Anaïs Nin Delta of Venus, Henry and June, Fire: From a Journal of Love

Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

36
108 41
Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Noël Coward Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

37
41 23
Lorraine Hansberry is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
138 61
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
180 63
David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gay Authors
David Sedaris Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

40
63 29
Sarah Waters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Little Stranger

41
54 38
Bret Easton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gay Authors
carlybobarly added Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho, Less Than Zero, Glamorama

42
125 37
W. Somerset Maugham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale

Families with Multiple Gay Children

43
155 54
Herman Melville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Herman Melville Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Omoo

44
67 37
Jeanette Winterson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jeanette Winterson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body, Sexing the Cherry

45
143 52
Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Gore Vidal Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

46
117 38
Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Cocteau The Human Voice, Opium, journal d'une désintoxication

47
114 57
Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Harvey Fierstein La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, The Sissy Duckling

48
41 33
Derek Jarman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Derek Jarman Wittgenstein, Derek Jarman's Garden, The last of England

49
80 36
Clive Barker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gay Authors
dennisluccio added Clive Barker The Damnation Game, The Thief of Always, The Hellbound Heart

50
77 36
Paul Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Paul Verlaine Sagesse, Paul Verlaine, Selected poems