Nothing could be further from the truth. Walt Whitman was a American, poet, author, essayist, and journalist. His prolific career is perhaps best remembered for his epic poems Leaves of Grass and Song of Myself.
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Please refresh the page and retry. H ow do you choose which plays to stage? Written by Sarah Daniels.
This list contains over of the most notable gay writers ever, with photos where available. Some of the literary world's best talent has come from gay writers. The best gay authors may or may not choose to speak openly about their sexuality and tackle it as a theme in their writing or in their books.
Instead, he drilled a hole in a piece of the set called a tormentor flat, about waist-high, so that he and his eight castmates, standing backstage, could get a glimpse of whoever was sitting sixth row center: the best seats in the house. This was an unexpected turn of events. So Crowley wrote the best and funniest and gayest play he could, about nine gay men or maybe eight and a half at a birthday party.
Oscar Wilde was a playwright, novelist, poet and celebrity in late nineteenth century London. His flamboyant dress, cutting wit and eccentric lifestyle often put him at odds with the social norms of Victorian England. Wilde, a homosexual, was put on trial for gross indecency in after the details of his affair with a British aristocrat were made public.
Since the late s, gay theatre has grown into an important part of mainstream theatre. From furtive attempts by Tennessee Williams to bring homosexual themes to florid dramas of fading matrons, to the unabashed celebration of gay sensibility in such revues as The Ten Percent Review and When Pigs Flygay theatre has made a tremendous journey in less than 25 years. With AIDS blighting the international landscape in the s, it was only natural for dramatists, both gay and straight, to explore the crisis in depth.
Works of these authors are part of LGBT literature. As this list includes writers from antiquity until the present, it is clearly understood that the term "LGBT" may not ideally describe the identity of all authors, particularly for those who wrote before the nineteenth century. In some cases, it is more useful to consider such authors as persons who expressed attractions for persons of the same sex for example, Sappho or Platoand avoid the anachronistic use of contemporary labels. Inclusion in this list follows general scholarly and academic norms, specified in references, that attempt to establish a genealogy or history of LGBT literature written by LGBT people.
Illustration by Hilton Dresden. Pictured: Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg soak up some sun. Authors, artists, playwrights, philosophers—if you can think of an academic or artistic field, chances are some of the best brains were queer brains.
They are poets, playwrights, novelists and scholars, and together they helped capture the voice of a nation. They have fearlessly explored racism, abuse and violence as well as love, beauty and music. While their names and styles have changed over the years, they have been the voices of their generations and helped inspire the generations that followed them. What follows is a list of prominent Black authors who have left a mark on the literary world forever.