1. MY OWN CHOICES:
NEIL BARTLETT: “READY TO CATCH HIM SHOULD HE FALL”: Stylistically rich, erotic, ornate prose
CHRISTOPHER BRAM:”SURPRISING MYSELF”: Great emotional power and cogency. This may be out of print currently
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM: “THE HOURS””.Poignant interweaving of three generations and stories, in an affectionately Woolfian prose style
E.M. FORSTER:”MAURICE”: groundbreaking, though unpublished till after his death, novel with a HAPPY ending; almost unknown type of conclusion in that era. One of Forster’s greatest novels, despite what homophobic and/or heterosexist critics say.Less fragmented than “Howards End”.
LONGEST JOURNEY:The contention over the homo-erotic “subtext” is tedious; it is OVERTLY homoerotic in Rickie’s love for the working class man he meets.(Helen Moffat, in her new, gay-affirmative, biography, has given this reading some”mainstream validity”-thank you, Helen-not that it should have needed it)
ALAN HOLLINGHURST:THE FOLDING STAR; includes lyrical evocations of the Flemish sea-landscape, as well as the homoeroticism; Baroque style
DAVID LEAVITT:THE LOST LANGUAGE OF CRANES and “MARTIN BAUMANN”( a postmodern novel, with a writer writing about a writer)
OSCAR MOORE:MATTER OF LIFE AND SEX. A forgotten classic; Moore died of AIDS. This may be out of print now.
ALAN-CLAUDE SULZER: THE PERFECT WAITER. Thomas Mannian in situ; succintly and perfectly crafted(prose). Review on this blog
TOM WAKEFIED: All his books, particuarly “The Discus Throwers”, which deals with a woman’s coping with cancer; and a network of close friends. This/others of his work may be out of print.
DENTON WELCH:”THROUGH A CLOUD”. His autobiography; lovely prose style; his struggles with terrible illness yet managing to find beauty in life
EDMUND WHITE: “MARRIED MAN”, “THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY” AND, OF COURSE, THE GROUNDBREAKING AND ORIGINAL GAY, CLASSIC BILDUNGSROMAN, “A BOYS OWN STORY”