DEMOCRATIC POST!I NEED YOU OWN FAVOURITES FOR THE CANON! MY AND READERS’ ENTRIES FOR A CANON OF GAY MEN’S FICTION (OF GREAT STYLISTIC AND/OR EMOTIONAL WORTH)

1. MY OWN CHOICES:

NEIL BARTLETT: “READY TO CATCH HIM SHOULD HE FALL”: Stylistically rich, erotic, ornate prose

“SKIN LANE”

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E.M. FORSTER:”MAURICE”: groundbreaking, though unpublished till after his death, novel with a HAPPY ending; almost unknown type of conclusion in that era.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”

 

SUBMISSIONS PLEASE!

 

 

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

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5 thoughts on “DEMOCRATIC POST!I NEED YOU OWN FAVOURITES FOR THE CANON! MY AND READERS’ ENTRIES FOR A CANON OF GAY MEN’S FICTION (OF GREAT STYLISTIC AND/OR EMOTIONAL WORTH)”

  1. Andre Aciman – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
    William Corlett – NOW AND THEN
    Christopher Isherwood – A SINGLE MAN
    Christopher Isherwood – CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND (without Isherwood, many of our modern choices couldn’t exist)
    Armistead Maupin – TALES OF THE CITY (and all the subsequent volumes)
    Annie Proulx – CLOSE RANGE

  2. thanks for taking the time, Gavin; to add ur list. I have the Corlett book; shall have to investigate; and the Aciman, though I never thought of it when writing the list, comes. to me also, very close to going in the canon. Have you read Gregory Woods:History of Gay Literature:The Male Tradition; just started it:very exciting the way he re-claims our lost/hidden history. Its from the point of view of an old-fashioned l(gbt)critic/theorist, rhather than queer theory; which I myself am more, by nature, in tune with(though queer theory is exciting in its deconstructionist approach to texts). Anyway, i have started it. have you read it? By the way, he was taught by the great Sebald(on Kafka) , at Uni of E. Anglia; and was not aware of Sebald’s wrings(Cosmo and Adelwarth, kafka, etc, on the marginalisation and invisibilisation of homosexuality). Keep up the good work with YOUR blog. take care, Steve

  3. Gavin, i read the Corlett. Wow! one of the most directly moving books i have read; stylistically simple but all the better for that in its gentle exploration of a lost love. Thanks so much for putting on your list of gay-themed classics. Best wishes, Steve

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