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Giovanni Boccaccio - Decameron - Gay Fiction All Books by Giovanni Boccaccio - Author of : Decameron
Paperback 2nd edition (February 1996) 
Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 014044629X

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; An entertaining series of 100 stories told in a country villa outside the city of Florence by ten young noble men and women seeking to escape the plague. Vivid portraits of people from all stations in life."

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Noel Coward - The Collected Stories of Noel Coward - Gay Fiction  All Books by Noel Coward - Author of : The Collected Stories of Noel Coward
Paperback - 630 pages (March 2000) 
Methuen Publishing, Ltd; ISBN: 0413599701

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; This one-volume edition contains the complete collection of Coward's shirt stories, twenty in all, spanning fifty years of his life."

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Byrne R. S. Fone - The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature - Gay Fiction  All Books by Byrne R. S. Fone - Author of : The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature 
Hardcover - 912 pages 0 edition (May 15, 1998) 
Columbia Univ Pr; ISBN: 0231096704 

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; In the three decades since New York City's Stonewall rebellion, gay literature has exploded as a distinctive form of cultural expression. In a variety of styles and genres, gay men have increasingly begun to articulate their sexual identities. At the same time, gay writers and scholars have begun in earnest the search for a literary history long denied by the refusal to recognize homosexual love as an integral part of Western literature. Yet to date, no single volume has brought together the full range of poetry, fiction, essays, and autobiography that portray love between men. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the poems of Allen Ginsberg and gay literature of the 1980s and ´90s, The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature draws together hundreds of texts from Western literary history that describe experiences of love, friendship, intimacy, desire, and sex among men. While other anthologies have focused primarily on poetry, drama, or fiction, this volume is the first to include a full range of genres. Spanning more than two millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the late twentieth century, this anthology brings together the best-known texts of gay male writing such as the poetry of Martial and Walt Whitman, and excerpts from E. M. Forster's Maurice, as well as from lesser known works such as nineteenth-century English homoerotic poetry and selections from two early American novels of homosexual love -Joseph and His Friend and Imre. In The Columbia Anthology readers become acquainted with the early bonds of male companionship found in Homer's writings on Zeus and Ganymede, and with the homoerotic poetry of Catullus and Juvenal. From Shakespeare's Sonnets to the philosophy of de Sade, to the political writings of Edmund White, this masterful anthology traces a multifaceted tradition. Arranged chronologically, sections are supplemented by illuminating introductory essays; many individual pieces include background commentary on the writer and the work. As a landmark to the enduring spirit of gay writers, this collection is an essential addition to the library of anyone searching for the historical foundations of gay identities. With its excellent annotations and suggestions for further reading, The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature will also serve as an invaluable resource to students and scholars in need of a guide to a massive body of literature that has long been hidden, ignored, or misrepresented."

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Jean Genet - Our Lady of the Flowers - Gay Fiction All Books by Jean Genet - Author of : Our Lady of the Flowers
Paperback Reissue edition (August 1988) 
Grove Press; ISBN: 0802130135

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; Novel by Jean Genet, written while he was in prison for burglary and published in 1944 in French as Notre-Dame des fleurs. The novel and the author were championed by many contemporary writers, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean Cocteau, who helped engineer a pardon for Genet. A wildly imaginative fantasy of the Parisian underworld, the novel tells the story of Divine, a male prostitute who consorts with thieves, pimps, murderers, and other criminals and who has many sexual adventures. Written in lyrical, dreamlike prose, the novel affirms a new moral order, one in which criminals are saints, evil is glorified, and conventional taboos are freely violated."

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André Gide - The Counterfeiters - Gay Fiction  All Books by André Gide - Author of : The Counterfeiters
Paperback - 467 pages (June 1973) 
Random House (Paper); ISBN: 0394718429

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; 'It's only after our death that we shall really be able to hear'. The measured tone of hopeless nihilism that pervades The Counterfeiters quickly shatters any image of André Gide as the querulous and impious Buddha to a quarter-century of intellectuals. In sharp and brilliant prose a seedy, cynical and gratuitously alarming narrative is developed, involving a wide range of otherwise harmless and mainly middle-to-upper-class Parisians. But the setting could be anywhere. From puberty through adolescence to death, The Counterfeiters is a rare encyclopedia of human disorder, weakness and despair."

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Kevin Moss (Ed.) - Out Of The Blue: Russia's Hidden Gay Literature : An Anthology - Gay Fiction All Books by Kevin Moss and Simon Karlinsky - Editor of : Out Of The Blue: Russia's Hidden Gay Literature : An Anthology
Paperback Reissue edition (February 1997) 
Gay Sunshine Press; ISBN: 0940567202

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; Moss has undertaken the daunting task of assembling poetry, short fiction, and other 19th- and 20th-century Russian gay literature and making both text and context accessible to the general reader. He succeeds for the most part, though he fails in the sections that cover the pre-Soviet period. Here, Moss includes excerpts of works that barely give the reader enough plot and characterization to make them enjoyable--a bit like a college literature anthology. Then, after about 120 pages, the whole feel of the collection changes, and it becomes quite a page turner. Even with its faults, this collection does leave the reader with an understanding of how it was, and still is, to be gay in Russia."

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Manuel Puig - Kiss of the Spider Woman - Gay Fiction All Books by Manuel Puig - Author of : Kiss of the Spider Woman
Paperback - 281 pages Reissue edition (April 1991) 
Vintage Books; ISBN: 0679724494

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; Novel by Manuel Puig, published in 1976 as El beso de la mujer arana. Mostly consisting of dialogue between two men in an Argentine jail cell, the novel traces the development of their unlikely friendship. Molina is a middle-aged homosexual who passes the long hours in prison by acting out scenes from his favorite movies. Valentin is a young socialist revolutionary, who initially berates Molina for his effeminacy and his lack of political conviction. Sharing the hardships of a six-month prison term, the two eventually forge a strong relationship that becomes sexual. In an ironic role reversal at the end of the novel, Molina dies as a result of his involvement in politics while Valentin escapes the pain of torture by retreating into a dream world."

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Gore Vidal - The City and the Pillar - Gay Fiction All Books by Gore Vidal - Author of : The City and the Pillar
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Paperback - 186 pages Reissue (1948) 
Abacus; ISBN: 0349106576

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; 1950s America - In their teens, Jim Willard and Bob Ford share a moment of sexual intimacy and Jim spends years searching for the recreation of that moment. When the opportunity occurs, it explodes with violence and pain. This was one of the first pieces of explicitly gay fiction."

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Vincent Virga - Gaywyck - Gay Fiction All Books by Vincent Virga - Author of : Gaywyck
Paperback - 356 pages 0 edition (December 1, 2000) 
Alyson Pubns; ISBN: 1555835848

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; Originally published in 1980, Gaywyck, the first gay gothic romance, tread firmly in beloved territory, both honoring it and reinventing it. Classic in style, Vincent Virga creates a world as authentic as anything penned by DuMaurier, retaining the creaking ancestral mansion and mysterious and brooding master of the manor, while replacing the traditional damsel in distress with the young and handsome Robert Whyte, who was hired to catalog the vast library at Gaywyck. But before he can perform his real duty--of soothing the master's tortured heart--young Robert must first uncover the hidden evil lurking in the background and dodge murder and blackmail to root out the dark family secrets threatening to destroy him. Praised for its authentic use of language and setting as well as its honest portrayal of gay life and love in fin di secle America, Gaywyck is a classic of both gay and gothic fiction."

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Christopher Whyte - The Gay Decameron - Gay Fiction All Books by Christopher Whyte - Author of : The Gay Decameron
Paperback (May 1999) 
Victor Gollancz; ISBN: 0575401214

"Classic Gay Fiction Books; On a long, light summer night in Edinburgh, ten successful, middle-class gay men meet for an elaborate dinner party. Some have slept with each other, each other's lovers, even members of each other's families. As the hours wear away, they tell their stories of love and sex, loyalty and betrayal, death and survival."

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