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50 Gay and Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist Published: Nov 30 2009 Pages: 342 Weight: 0.70lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.25" Language: English
Gay topics have been central to most national literary traditions, whether in fiction, memoir, drama, or verse. Yet “crossover” success stories are remarkably few, as are works of literature about gay subjects, written by heterosexual authors. Furthermore, openly gay-themed books tend to get passed over in favor of works more evidently addressing “universal” or “mainstream” concerns. No longer: Here's the book that cues you in to the essential titles in the gay and lesbian literary canon. Edited by Richard Canning, with a foreword from renowned literary critic Harold Bloom, this volume contains fifty succinct essays by critics, public figures, and authors. They illuminate works by fifty men and women that everybody should read. Canning tackles important themes, issues of regional and cultural diversity, political aspects, and analyses of that old chestnut: What makes a work of literature gay or lesbian? Don’t expect a definitive answer. Do expect to learn why these titles are must-reads. Rearrange your shelves, book-club lists, and expectations. Whether your preference is for Ginsberg or Woolf or Melville, this is one volume no bookworm—straight or gay—should miss out on. Richard Canning is the editor of the Between Men series and author of Gay Fiction Speaks and Hear Us Out, which won the 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Editor’s Choice. Born in England, he divides his time between London and Sheffield, where he is a lecturer in English and American literature at the University of Sheffield.