Gay Books: A Reader’s List

Herewith, a list of books that may be of interest to gay men, from fiction to photography to history. Not an authoritative list of “approved” gay books; just a selection of works that have at one time or other caught my eye, for better or worse. Read at your own risk!

Anthologies

  • Fone, Byrne R.S. (ed.): The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998)
  • Leavitt, David, and Mark Mitchell (eds.): The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994)

Art

Biography & Memoirs

  • Bram, Christopher: Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America (2012)
  • Burroughs, Augusten: Lust and Wonder (2016)
  • Burroughs, Augusten: Running With Scissors (2002)
  • Capote, Truman: Music for Chameleons (1975)
  • Crisp, Quentin: The Naked Civil Servant (1968)
  • Maupin, Armistead: Logical Family: A Memoir (2017)
  • Wilde, Oscar: Oscar Wilde (Richard Ellmann, 1984)
  • Williams, Tennessee: Memoirs (1975)

Classics

Comics

  • DC Comics: Midnighter, 1: Out (2016)
  • Marvel: Iceman, 1: Thawing Out (2017)

Essays & Philosophy

  • Calasso, Roberto: The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (1993)
  • Carpenter, Edward: The Selected Works (1884-1909)
  • Halperin, David M.: How to be Gay (2012)

Fiction

  • Aciman, André: Call Me By Your Name (2007)
  • Aciman, André: Enigma Variations (2017)
  • Ebershoff, David: The Danish Girl (2000)
  • Forster, E.M.: Maurice (1971)
  • Holleran, Andrew: Dancer From the Dance (1978)
  • Holleran, Andrew: Nights in Aruba (1983)
  • Hollinghurst, Alan: The Folding Star (1994)
  • Hollinghurst, Alan: The Line of Beauty (2005)
  • Hollinghurst, Alan: The Swimming-Pool Library (1988)
  • Louis, Édouard: The End of Eddy (2014)
  • Melville, Herman: Billy Budd (1891)
  • Miller, Madeline: The Song of Achilles (2012)
  • Monette, Paul: Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story (1992)
  • O’Neill, Jamie: At Swim, Two Boys (2001)
  • Puig, Manuel: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1978)
  • Rechy, John: City of Night (1963)
  • Renault, Mary: The Charioteer (1959)
  • Renault, Mary: Fire From Heaven (1969)
  • Renault, Mary: The Persian Boy (1972)
  • Self, Will: Cock & Bull (1992)
  • Vidal, Gore: The City and the Pillar (1948)
  • White, Edmund: The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988)
  • White, Edmund: A Boy’s Own Story (1982)
  • White, Edmund: The Farewell Symphony (1994)
  • White, Edmund: The Married Man (2000)
  • Wilde, Oscar: The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray (2011)
  • Yourcenar, Marguerite: Hadrian’s Memoirs (1954)

History

  • Barker, Meg-John, and Julia Scheele: Queer: A Graphic History (2016)
  • Blank, Hanne: Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (2012)
  • Boswell, John: Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality (1980)
  • Bronski, Michael: A Queer History of the United States (2011)
  • Chauncey, George: Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994)
  • Crompton, Louis: Homosexuality & Civilization (2003)
  • Kaiser, Charles: The Gay Metropolis 1940-1996 (1997)
  • New York Public Library, ed.: The Stonewall Reader (2019)
  • Schneider, Richard, Jr.: In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50; The Gay & Lesbian Review at 25 (2019)
  • Woods, Gregory: Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (2016)

Photography

  • Deitcher, David: Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together 1840-1918 (2001)
  • List, Herbert: The Essential Herbert List: Photographs 1930-1972 (2008)

Poetry

  • Cavafy, C.P.: Collected Poems (Keeley and Sherrard, tr., 1975)
  • Housman, A.E.: The Collected Poems (1940)
  • Shakespeare, William: The Sonnets (1609)
  • Whitman, Walt: Complete Poetry and Selected Prose (Miller, ed., 1959)

Short Stories

  • Mann, Thomas: “Death in Venice” (1911)
  • Mann, Thomas: “Tonio Kröger (1903)
  • Proulx, Annie: “Brokeback Mountain” (1997)

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