recommended

Mozart's Complete Works — not GLBT related but the musical bargain of the decade. All 600+ works on 170 CDs — see my notes

 

GLBT Literature: Top 10 GLBT Books

With the great diversity and quality of GLBT literature, this Top 10 List is just one starting point. This site also includes an extensive list of recommended books, links to other 'best GLBT books' lists, and more resources.

The following works range from classical poetry to some of today's best drama, comedy, and non-fiction. Enjoy!

Brown, Rita Mae

Rubyfruit Jungle

Rubyfruit JungleNovel – Spunky lesbian comes out with a bang, moving from a small town to NYC; 1973

Faderman, Lillian, editor

Chloe Plus Olivia: Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present

Chloe Plus OliviaAnthology – Thematically-arranged lesbian poetry, fiction, drama, and essays, featuring dozens of authors from five centuries; 1995

Fone, Byrne R.S., editor

Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature: Readings from Western Antiquity to the Present Day

Columbia AnthologyAnthology – 4,000 years of gay male fiction, poetry, drama, and memoirs, with concise historical and literary commentary (here is a complete outline of the book); 1998

Forster, E.M.

Maurice

MauriceNovel – A young gay man challenges social, and personal, prejudice to find happiness; 1913

Katz, Jonathan Ned, editor

Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A.Book

Gay American HistoryHistory – 400 years of GLBTs in America, revealed through original historical documents and illuminating commentaries; 1976. (Also highly recommended: out-of-print Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past, edited by Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus, & George Chauncey — essays on GLBTs throughout both world and US history; 1990)

Kushner, Tony

Angels in America

Angels in AmericaPlay – Fantastic, romantic, political, hilarious, and deeply moving. Is this multi-award-winning two-part epic the best play of the last 50 years? You decide! 1992–1994

Marlowe, Christopher

Edward II
[free online]

Edward IIPlay – Mesmerizing verse drama about the connections between politics, sex and power, as seen through the rise and fall of the historical English king (1284–1327) and his male lover; 1592

Monette, Paul

Becoming a Man

Becoming a ManMemoir – Painful, inspiring story of how the author came out, and learned to love; 1992

Saslow, James M.

Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts

Pictures and PassionsHistory – Landmark survey of GLBT art, and social life, from antiquity to the present; 1999

Woolf, Virginia

Orlando

OrlandoNovel – S/he lives for centuries, changing genders along the way; 1928

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