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Lost Gay Novels
A Reference Guide to Fifty Works from the First Half of the Twentieth Century

ISBN 9781560234142
Published February 18, 2003 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Searching for an introduction to the shadowy, intriguing world of early 20th century gay-themed fiction?

In Lost Gay Novels, respected pop culture historian Anthony Slide resurrects fifty early 20th century American novels with gay themes or characters and discusses them in carefully researched, engaging prose. Each entry offers you a detailed discussion of plot and characters, a summary of contemporary critical reception, and biographical information on the often-obscure writer. In Lost Gay Novels, another aspect of gay life and society is, in the words the author, “uncloseted,” providing you with an absorbing glimpse into the world of these nearly forgotten books.

Lost Gay Novels gives you an introduction to:

  • authors who aren't usually associated with homosexuality, including John Buchan, James M. Cain, and Rex Stout
  • the history of gay publishing in the US and abroad
  • gay themes in novels published between 1917 and 1950—with entries from nearly every year!
  • the ways in which the popular culture of the time shaped the authors' attitudes toward homosexuality
  • the difficulty of finding detailed biographical information on little-known authors
If you're interested in gay studies or history, or even if you're just looking for a comprehensive guide to titles you've probably never heard of before, Lost Gay Novels will be a welcome addition to your collection. The introduction from author Slide—called by the Los Angeles Times “a one-man publishing phenomenon”—provides you with an overview to the basics of this landmark collection. Themes found in many of the titles include death, secrecy, and living a double life, and in reading the entries you will discover just why these themes are so common.

As Slide says in his introduction: “The approach of the novelist toward homosexuality may not always be a positive one… but the works are important to an understanding of contemporary attitudes toward gay men and gay society.” Lost Gay Novels will help you further your own understanding of the dynamic relationship between literature and culture, and you will finish the book with a greater appreciation of modern American gay fiction.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • James Barr, Quatrefoil
  • Larry Barretto, The Great Light
  • Stuart Benton, All Things Human
  • Alvah Bessie, Dwell in the Wilderness
  • André Birabeau, Revelation
  • Isabel Bolton, The Christmas Tree
  • Vance Bourjaily, The End of My Life
  • Kay Boyle, Gentlemen, I Address You Privately
  • Myron Brinig, This Man Is My Brother
  • Richard Brooks, The Brick Foxhole
  • John Buchan, Greenmantle
  • John Horne Burns, The Gallery
  • James M. Cain, Serenade
  • Clarkson Crane, The Western Shore
  • Hubert Creekmore, The Welcome
  • George Davis, The Opening of a Door
  • Michael de forrest, The Gay Year
  • Harrison Dowd, The Night Air
  • George Eekhoud, A Strange Love: A Novel of Abnormal Passion
  • Stuart Engstrand, The Sling and the Arrow
  • John Evans, Shadows Flying
  • Waldo Frank, The Dark Mother
  • Ernest Frost, The Dark Peninsula
  • Henry Blake Fuller, Bertram Cope's Year
  • Richard Hull, The Murder of My Aunt
  • Charles Jackson, The Fall of Valor
  • Nial Kent, The Divided Path
  • Lew Levenson, Butterfly Man
  • Jean Lyttle, Sheila Lacey
  • Harlan Cozad McIntosh, This Fine Shadow
  • Compton Mackenzie, Vestal Fire
  • William Maxwell, The Folded Leaf
  • Richard Meeker, Better Angel
  • Ernest Milton, To Kiss the Crocodile
  • Willard Motley, Knock on Any Door
  • Blair Niles, Strange Brother
  • Eugene O'Brien, He Swung and He Missed
  • Elliot Paul, Concert Pitch
  • Thomas Hal Phillips, The Bitterweed Path
  • Mary Renault, Promise of Love
  • Janet Schane, The Dazzling Crystal
  • Rex Stout, Forest Fire
  • L.A.G. Strong (Leonard Alfred George), The Last Enemy: A Study of Youth
  • André Tellier, Twilight Men
  • Ward Thomas, Stranger in the Land
  • Loren Wahl, The Invisible Glass
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner, Mr. Fortune's Maggot
  • Denton Welch, Maiden Voyage
  • Calder Willingham, End as a Man
  • J. (John) Keith Winter, Other Man's Saucer
  • Appendix. Titles in Chronological Order
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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