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The Publishing Triangle's 100 Best Gay/Lesbian Novels 
2nd-Dec-2005 10:39 pm
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I had no clue a list like this even existed (though it doesn't surprise me that it does), but I saw mention of it while browsing the literature (not gay/lesbian fiction) section of Borders today.

The Triangle's 100 Best
1. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
*2. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
*3. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet
*4. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
*5. The Immoralist by Andre Gide
*6. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
*7. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
*8. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
*9. The Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
10. Zami by Audré Lorde
11. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
*12. Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
13. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
14. A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White
*15. Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
16. Maurice by E. M. Forster
*17. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
*18. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
*19. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
20. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
21. The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
*22. City of Night by John Rechy
*23. Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal
*24. Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
25. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
*26. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
27. The Bostonians by Henry James
28. Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
*29. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
*30. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
*31. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
32. The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
*33. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
*34. The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
35. Olivia by Dorothy Bussy
36. The Price of Salt (Carol) by Patricia Highsmith
37. Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
*38. Another Country by James Baldwin
39. Chéri by Colette
*40. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
*41. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
*42. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
43. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
*44. The Friendly Young Ladies (The Middle Mist) by Mary Renault
45. Young Törless by Robert Musil
*46. Eustace Chisholm and the Works by James Purdy
47. The Story of Harold by Terry Andrews
48. The Gallery by John Horne Burns
49. Sister Gin by June Arnold
*50. Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall by Neil Bartlett
51. Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
*52. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
*53. The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
*54. The Young and Evil by Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler
*55. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
*56. A Visitation of Spirits by Randall Kenan
57. Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
58. Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli by Ronald Firbank
59. Rat Bohemia by Sarah Schulman
60. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
*61. The Counterfeiters by André Gide
*62. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
63. Lover by Bertha Harris
64. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
65. La Bâtarde by Violette Leduc
66. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
67. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
68. The Satyricon by Petronius
*69. The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
70. Special Friendships by Roger Peyrefitte
71. The Changelings by Jo Sinclair
72. Paradiso by José Lezama Lima
73. Sheeper by Irving Rosenthal
74. Les Guerilleres by Monique Wittig
75. The Child Manuela (Mädchen in Uniform) by Christa Winsloe
76. An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis
77. The Gaudy Image by William Talsman
78. The Exquisite Corpse by Alfred Chester
*79. Was by Geoff Ryman
80. Théresè and Isabelle by Violette Leduc
81. Gemini by Michel Tournier
*82. The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White
83. The Children's Crusade by Rebecca Brown
*84. The Story of the Night by Colm Toibin
85. The Holy Terrors (Les Enfants Terribles) by Jean Cocteau
86. Hell Has No Limits by José Donoso
87. Riverfinger Women by Elana Nachman (Dykewomon)
*88. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer
*89. Closer by Dennis Cooper
90. Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
91. Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley
92. René's Flesh by Virgilio Piñera
*93. Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
94. Wasteland by Jo Sinclair
95. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing by May Sarton
*96. Sea of Tranquillity by Paul Russell
97. Autobiography of a Family Photo by Jacqueline Woodson
98. In Thrall by Jane DeLynn
99. On Strike Against God by Joanna Russ
100. Sita by Kate Millett

CURRENT TOTAL: 39/100
ORIGINAL TOTAL (at posting): 12/100 (How pathetic is that? It's even more pathetic when you take a closer look and realize what I HAVEN'T read. There are so many gaps in my literary knowledge; it's not even funny...)

Our Visitors' 100 Best (edited to remove overlap)
*1. The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
2. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
*3. The Charioteer by Mary Renault
*4. Like People in History by Felice Picano
5. Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden
*6. A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
*7. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
*8. The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
9. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
*10. The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley
*11. Faggots by Lary Kramer
12. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
13. Other Women by Lisa Alther
*14. Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany
15. Six of One by Rita Mae Brown
16. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues by Tom Robbins
*17. Martin and John by Dale Peck
18. Querelle by Jean Genet
19. The God in Flight by Laura Argiri
20. Totem Pole by Sanford Friedman
*21. Falconer by John Cheever
22. Latin Moon in Manhattan by Jaime Manrique
23. Openly Bob by Bob Smith
*24. The Lord Won't Mind by Gordon Merrick
*25. The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
26. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
27. Quatrefoil by James Barr
28. The Better Angel by Richard Meeker
29. Known Homosexual by Joseph Hansen
30. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
31. Burning Houses by Andrew Harvey
32. The American Woman In The Chinese Hat by Carole Maso
33. Nightswimmer by Joseph Olshan
34. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
35. The Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran
36. The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell
*37. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
38. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
39. The Sea of Light by Jenifer Levin
40. Bending at the Bow by Marion Douglas
41. Amnesty by Louise Blum
42. Hood by Emma Donoghue
*43. Queer by William Burroughs
44. Funeral Rites by Jean Genet
45. The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet
46. Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
47. The Grandmothers by Glenway Wescott
*48. Scissors, Paper, Rock by Fenton Johnson
49. Just Above My Head by James Baldwin
*50. Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham
*51. Equal Affections by David Leavitt
*52. Tim and Pete by James Robert Baker
53. Dance of the Warriors by Kevin Esser
54. Streetboy Dreams by Kevin Esser
55. Livre blanc by Jean Cocteau
56. Confession of Felix Krull by Thomas Mann
57. Pryor Rendering by Gary Reed
58. Winter Birds by Jim Grimsley
59. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing by May Sarton
60. Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest
61. In a Shallow Grave by James Purdy
62. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall
63. Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
*64. The Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs
65. Paxton Court by Diane Salvatore
66. The Twyborn Affair by Patrick White
67. Hemlock and After by Angus Wilson
68. Chamber Music by Doris Grumbach
69. Ernesto by Umberto Saba
70. Separate Rooms by Pier Vittorio Tondelli
71. Bertram Cope's Year by H.B. Fuller
72. Bom-Criulo by Adolfo Caminha
73. Nights in the Underground by Marie Claire Blais
74. The High Cost of Living by Marge Piercy
*75. Toilet by Tom Woolley
76. Red Azalea by Anchee Min
*77. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
78. Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley
*79. Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
80. Biography of Desire by Mary Dorcey
81. Mother of the Grass by Jovette Marchessault
82. Six Chapters of a Floating Life by Shen Fu
83. The Four Winds by Gerd Brantenberg
*84. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh

CURRENT TOTAL: 21/84
ORIGINAL TOTAL (at posting): 9/84 (Equally pathetic...)

Overlooked GLBT Fiction Authors (edited to remove overlap)
1. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
2. Alf – Bruno Vogel
3. The Boys on the Rock – John Fox
4. The Cabala – Thornton Wilder
5. Country of the Pointed Firs – Sarah Orne Jewett
6. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
7. The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen
8. Exquisite Corpse – Poppy Z. Brite
9. Hadrian VII – Frederick William Rolfe (under pseudonym "Baron Corvo")
10. Henry Rios Series (seven outstanding novels) – Michael Nava
11. I Married a Dead Man – Cornell Woolrich
12. Imajica – Clive Barker
13. Imre – Edward Prime–Stevenson (under pseudonym "Xavier Mayne")
14. In Youth is Pleasure – Denton Welch
*15. The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffmann – Angela Carter
16. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin
17. Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner
18. Marks of Identity – Juan Goytisolo
19. The Marquise of O... – Heinrich von Kleist
20. Mawrdew Czgowchwz – James McCourt
21. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
22. The Moon and Sixpence – W. Somerset Maugham
23. Passing – Nella Larsen
24. Peter Pan – James M. Barrie
25. The Portrait of Mr. W.H. – Oscar Wilde
26. Make Way for Lucia – E.F. Benson
27. The Monk – Matthew Gregory Lewis
28. The Scorpion – Anna Weirauch
29. The Shadow Over Innsmouth – H.P. Lovecraft
30. South Wind – Norman Douglas
31. Vathek – William Beckford
32. The Wapshot Chronicle – John Cheever
33. The Way of All Flesh – Samuel Butler

CURRENT TOTAL: 7/33
ORIGINAL TOTAL (at posting): 6/33

Well, at least I can console myself with the knowledge that I've got a lot of the books on this list stacked in my bedroom, waiting in patient anticipation for me to pick them up. ^_^;
Comments 
3rd-Dec-2005 04:05 am (UTC)
I've only read four...
3rd-Dec-2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Which four? ^_^
3rd-Dec-2005 05:03 am (UTC)
Little Women, Moby Dick, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Children's Crusade. All assigned reading. x.x
3rd-Dec-2005 05:10 am (UTC)
I'd never even HEARD of the The Children's Crusade, before! And, somehow, I managed to grow up as an woman in the US without reading Little Women. (I saw a theatrical version of it at some point performed in school, though...)
3rd-Dec-2005 05:18 am (UTC)
If you saw the movie, that's good enough IMHO. I slept a lot during that book. ^-^
3rd-Dec-2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Which movie? Aren't there several different versions? ^^;
3rd-Dec-2005 05:39 am (UTC)
Probably...my guess is any of them. *disliked book*
3rd-Dec-2005 05:42 am (UTC)
Hmm. I think I may have seen parts of the one with Winona Ryder in it...but it might not have been very true to the book. *laughs* Which, from what I gather, would, in your opinion, be an improvement. ^_~

I did have to read some of Alcott's "blood and thunder" gothic stories for a college class, though.
3rd-Dec-2005 10:47 am (UTC)
That was the better version I've seen.. The old one with Katherine Hepburn is just unbearable....
3rd-Dec-2005 04:06 am (UTC)
Mrs Dalloway is nice, as sensually written as Woolf's usual style. Especially the way in which the male/male love is hidden using a set of symbols and codes.

Yukio Mishima has another gay novel, True Colours. I've read about half of it but haven't finished it. It's quite interesting if we assume its portrait of a Japanese gay man's life is accurate.
3rd-Dec-2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Mrs Dalloway is nice, as sensually written as Woolf's usual style.

My godmother gave me the book, but I've yet to feel inspired enough to read it. ^^;

I'm not a big fan of Mishima's gay novels. The whole S/M element to it all just doesn't appeal to me.
3rd-Dec-2005 05:09 am (UTC)
What a crock! That list is dreadful. No Robert Rodi, no Karen Kallmaker, only one Rita Mae Brown, no Katherine Forrest? Who are these people that they polled??
3rd-Dec-2005 05:13 am (UTC)
The list is definitely biased toward the male side of things. I noticed that immediately, and it's annoying. As if writers are "supposed" to be men in the way firefighters are "supposed" to be men... *rolls eyes in disgust*
3rd-Dec-2005 06:56 am (UTC)
I've seen those lists before and made some progress on it, a little of which was deliberate, after I found the lists. I've read:

The Triangle's 100 Best
1. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
2. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
4. Remembrance of Things Past (Volume 1 only) by Marcel Proust
5. The Immoralist by Andre Gide
6. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
7. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
8. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
10. Zami by Audré Lorde
11. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
12. Nightwood by Djuna Barnes (I hated this book!)
13. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
14. A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White
16. Maurice by E. M. Forster
17. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
18. Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
20. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
21. The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
22. City of Night by John Rechy
23. Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal
25. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
26. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
29. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
30. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
31. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
33. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
38. Another Country by James Baldwin
40. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
41. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
42. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
43. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
52. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
53. The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
55. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
57. Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
60. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
62. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
63. Lover by Bertha Harris
64. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
67. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
82. The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White
88. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer
89. Closer by Dennis Cooper
100. Sita by Kate Millett

Our Visitors' 100 Best
1. The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
2. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
3. The Charioteer by Mary Renault
11. Faggots by Lary Kramer
14. Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel Delany
15. Six of One by Rita Mae Brown
21. Falconer by John Cheever
25. The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
26. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
38. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
43. Queer by William Burroughs
44. Funeral Rites by Jean Genet
49. Just Above My Head by James Baldwin
59. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
65. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall
70. The Twyborn Affair by Patrick White
80. Red Azalea by Anchee Min
86. Six Chapters of a Floating Life by Shen Fu


Of the ones you haven't read, the ones I most recommend are:

Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer
Sita by Kate Millett
The Charioteer by Mary Renault
Faggots by Lary Kramer
Falconer by John Cheever
The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
Just Above My Head by James Baldwin
Red Azalea by Anchee Min
3rd-Dec-2005 10:38 am (UTC)
I’ve read 21 on the Triangle list.

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (very good), Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet (you have to be in the mood for Genet), Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust (tead it twice, absolutely fantastic book), The Immoralist by Andre Gide (good), Orlando by Virginia Woolf (a good idea turned into a terrible book), The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall (good, but her earlier The Unlit Lamp is better), The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (fabulous), Maurice by E. M. Forster (I find Forster dull), Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown (very funny), Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (a bit of a slog – his early funny novels are much much better), Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (disturbing), The Bostonians by Henry James (read it so long ago I remember almost nothing about it), The Persian Boy by Mary Renault (I love her stuff), A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (very good), The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (superb), Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence (loved it, although I have very mixed feelings about Lawrence), The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood (excellent), Three Lives by Gertrude Stein (again this one was so long ago I don’t remember much except that I never wanted to read anything else of hers ever again), Moby Dick by Herman Melville (interesting), To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (OK), The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell (one of my all-time favourites, and the Avignon Quintet is even better).

3rd-Dec-2005 12:27 pm (UTC)
My totals are pretty much the same as yours, and I've got many years' reading on you!

Read from the triangle List

2. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
7. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
15. Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
16. Maurice by E. M. Forster
19. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
34. The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
42. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
43. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
50. Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall by Neil Bartlett
67. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
68. The Satyricon by Petronius
69. The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
88. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer
89. Closer by Dennis Cooper

Books I have from the Triangle list but not yet read

9. The Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
14. A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White
22. City of Night by John Rechy
32. The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
45. Young Törless by Robert Musil
46. Eustace Chisholm and the Works by James Purdy
76. An Arrow's Flight by Mark Merlis
82. The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White
96. Sea of Tranquillity by Paul Russell


Visitor's List Books I've Read

1. The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
8. The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
9. Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
12. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
29. Known Homosexual by Joseph Hanson (as Pretty Boy Dead)
33. Nightswimmer by Joseph Olshan
34. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
35. The Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran
60. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
81. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
82. Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley


Books I have from the Visitor's list but not yet read

4. Like People in History by Felice Picano
7. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
11. Faggots by Lary Kramer
64. In a Shallow Grave by James Purdy
74. Separate Rooms by Pier Vittorio Tondelli



3rd-Dec-2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
My totals are pretty much the same as yours, and I've got many years' reading on you!

And how many would that be? ^_~

Since you did it, here're my To-Read Lists:

Books I own or have borrowed but not yet read:
2. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
15. Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
31. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
34. The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
40. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
42. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
79. Was by Geoff Ryman
82. The Beautiful Room Is Empty by Edmund White
96. Sea of Tranquillity by Paul Russell

4. Like People in History by Felice Picano
6. A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
8. The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
50. Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham
51. Equal Affections by David Leavitt
81. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Other books that I want to read:
4. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
6. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
8. Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
22. City of Night by John Rechy
41. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
52. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
84. The Story of the Night by Colm Toibin
89. Closer by Dennis Cooper

1. The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
7. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
10. The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley
11. Faggots by Lary Kramer
17. Martin and John by Dale Peck
19. The God in Flight by Laura Argiri
67. The Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs
43. Queer by William Burroughs
5th-Dec-2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yikes, I've only read Oranges are not the Only Fruit (have you seen the made-for-TV movie? I liked it quite a bit), The Passion (I think... that's the Napoleon one, right) and To Kill a Mockingbird from the first list.

Only three on the second list, too -- Lost Language of Cranes, The Hours and Object of My Affection (ugh).
5th-Dec-2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Object of My Affection (ugh).

Is the "ugh" reserved for that book in particular or how few you've read of the list in general? (Just wondering, because that's one of the ones I want to read at some point.)
6th-Dec-2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
That "Ugh" is for the book. The characters all struck me as short sighted and very shallow... also fairly privileged which makes the shallowness more annoying.
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