How Many Gay Books Made The Top 1000

Well as mentioned before I have been keeping a very close eye on The Guardians 1000 Novels You Must Read volumes that have been out each day this week. Out of all of them I had read a rather pathetic 5.8% which means a serious ‘must try harder’ for me in my future reading habits. What I wanted to know though was how many books with a large gay storyline were actually in the top 1000. No not how many gay authors and with Daphne Du Maurier and her lesbian whims as well as many others with fluid or questionable sexuality that was too vague. These are they gay storylined books I found.

Armistead Maupin – Tales of the City
Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader
Alan Hollinghurst – The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst – The Swimming Pool Library
Anthony Burgess – Earthly Powers
Audre Lorde – Zami
Colm Toibin – The Blackwater Lightship
Djuna Barnes – Nightwood
Isabelle Miller – Patience and Sarah
James Baldwin – Giovanni’s Room
James Baldwin – Go Tell It To The Mountain
Jeanette Winterson – Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
Michael Chabon – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Radclyffe Hall – Well of Loneliness
Rita Mae Brown – Rubyfruit Jungle
Sarah Waters – Affinity
Sarah Waters – Fingersmith
Sarah Waters – Tipping The Velvet
Sarah Waters – The Night Watch

I think its great there were some in there but 2% when 10% of the population is gay, we have some work to do I think. I think some of Neil Bartletts novels and many many many more should have been in there, maybe next year?

~ by greatgayreads on January 21, 2009.

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