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

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338 131
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

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459 139
Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass, Drum Taps, Song of Myself

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523 119
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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337 105
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

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427 112
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

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179 78
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

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305 120
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

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286 80
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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220 93
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

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177 83
W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. H. Auden Look, Stranger!, The orators

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164 55
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

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290 87
Plato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Plato The Republic, Phaedo, Meno

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203 82
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

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322 75
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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300 106
T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 16 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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118 60
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

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212 70
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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179 82
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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199 72
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

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204 48
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)

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203 49
Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Arthur Rimbaud A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems

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124 38
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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105 51
Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Genet The Balcony, The Blacks: A Clown Show, The Maids

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109 54
E. Annie Proulx is listed (or ranked) 25 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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100 47
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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122 46
Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall

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231 86
Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Allen Ginsberg Howl, Pull My Daisy, Collected poems 1947-1980

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135 58
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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113 45
Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 30 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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107 46
Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 31 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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106 48
Michael Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 32 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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127 43
Willa Cather is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Willa Cather My Ántonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Five Stories

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111 54
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

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50 26
Lorraine Hansberry is listed (or ranked) 35 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

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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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118 43
Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Noël Coward Hay Fever, The Vortex, Pacific 1860

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149 63
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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194 66
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

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60 43
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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135 38
W. Somerset Maugham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gay Authors
W. Somerset Maugham Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale

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170 59
Herman Melville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Herman Melville Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Omoo

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69 35
Sarah Waters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Little Stranger

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159 55
Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Gore Vidal Myra Breckinridge, The City and the Pillar, Creation

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45 36
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

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72 44
Jeanette Winterson is listed (or ranked) 46 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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123 42
Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Jean Cocteau The Human Voice, Opium, journal d'une désintoxication

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119 60
Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gay Authors
Harvey Fierstein La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, The Sissy Duckling

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131 50
Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gay Authors
soxcat added Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar, The Colossus and Other Poems, Ariel

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87 41
Clive Barker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gay Authors
dennisluccio added Clive Barker The Damnation Game, The Thief of Always, The Hellbound Heart