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The Gay Canon: Great Books Every Gay Man Should Read

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There are countless works of interest to gay men in print right now--anthologies, novels, memoirs, and more. It is a reflection of progress that there is such an openly recognizable culture. Yet how to make sense of the choices offered? What do gay men need to read? What books have shaped the gay heart, mind, and soul? The Gay Canongives its readers answers to these questions. Not only does it list the one hundred great gay books that have influenced writers and continue to shape the gay imagination, it also provides a deeper, more comprehensive look at the twenty-six most seminal works, each of which is followed by a series of useful group discussion questions. Reaching all the way back to Gilgamesh and continuing through classics likeLeaves of Grass, Confessions of a Mask,andThe Wild Boys,as well as more recent books likeBorrowed Time, The Gay Canonconsistently avoids impenetrable academic literary criticism in favor of a more popular introduction for general readers and book groups. The Gay Canonis a book to give to any young man just coming out, a book every gay reading group will want to rely on, and--most important--a book that will enrich and improve the gay story that continues to be written.
Product Details

Author: Robert Drake

Language: English

Edition: (Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed)

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Release Date: 1998-11-10

Pages: 473

ISBN: 0385492286

ISBN13: 9780385492287