Contemporary Gay American Poets and Playwrights: An A-to-Z Guide

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Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages

Gay presence is nothing new to American verse and theater. Homoerotic themes are discernible in American poetry as early as the 19th century, and identifiably gay characters appeared on the American stage more than 70 years ago. But aside from a few notable exceptions, gay artists of earlier generations felt compelled to avoid sexual candor in their writings. Conversely, most contemporary gay poets and playwrights are free from such constraints and have created a remarkable body of work. This reference is a guide to their creative achievements. Alphabetically arranged entries present 62 contemporary gay American poets and dramatists.

While the majority of included writers are younger artists who came of age in the post-Stonewall U.S., some are older authors whose work has continued or persisted into recent decades. A number of these writers are well known, including Edward Albee, Harvey Fierstein, and Allen Ginsberg. Others, such as Alan Bowne, Timothy Liu, and Robert O'Hara, merit wider recognition. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, an overview of the author's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies.

 

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Contents

EDWARD ALBEE 1928
1
JEFF BARON 1952
11
JEFFERY BEAM 1953
19
DAVID BERGMAN 1950
25
ALAN BOWNE 19451989
29
DONALD BRITTON 19511994
38
JAMES BROUGHTON 19131999
43
VICTOR BUMBALO 1946
54
TONY KUSHNER 1956
246
MICHAEL LASSELL 1947
260
TIMOTHY LIU 1965
268
CRAIG LUCAS 1951
272
CHARLES LUDLAM 19431987
280
JD McCLATCHY 1945
288
TERRENCE McNALLY 1939
293
SCOTT McPHERSON 19591992
309

CHARLES BUSCH 1954
61
LEO F CABRANESGRANT 1960
69
ROBERT CHESLEY 19431990
74
JUSTIN CHIN 1969
82
ALFRED CORN 1943
87
MART CROWLEY 1935
93
MELVIN DIXON 19501992
101
TIM DLUGOS 19501990
108
MARK DOTY 1953
117
DAVID DRAKE 1963
125
ROBERT DUNCAN 19191988
130
CHRISTOPHER DURANG 1949
141
EDWARD FIELD 1924
147
HARVEY FIERSTEIN 1954
153
WILLIAM FINN 1952
162
KENNY FRIES 1960
171
ALLEN GINSBERG 19261997
178
THOM GUNN 1929
188
ESSEX HEMPHILL 19571995
198
WILLIAM M HOFFMAN 1939
205
RICHARD HOWARD 1929
212
MAURICE KENNY 1929
217
RUDY KIKEL 1943
222
HARRY KONDOLEON 19551994
230
LARRY KRAMER 1935
236
JAMES MERRILL 19261995
316
PAUL MONETTE 19451995
323
FRANK OHARA 19261966
334
ROBERT OHARA 1970
342
PETER PARNELL 1953
349
CARL PHILLIPS 1959
357
KENNETH POBO 1954
363
DA POWELL 1963
369
GUILLERMO REYES 1962
377
ASSOTTO SAINT YVES FRANÇOIS LUBIN 19571994
383
F ALLEN SAWYER 1957
388
JAMES SCHUYLER 19231991
393
REGINALD SHEPHERD 1963
398
MARTIN SHERMAN 1938
406
AARON SHURIN 1947
412
DAVID TRINIDAD 1953
421
GORE VIDAL 1925
427
JONATHAN WILLIAMS 1929
438
DORIC WILSON 1939
444
LANFORD WILSON 1937
451
CHAY YEW 1966
461
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
467
INDEX
469
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
477
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About the author (2003)

EMMANUEL S. NELSON is Professor of English at State University of New York College at Cortland. His previous books include African American Autobiographers (2002), African American Writers, 1745-1945 (2000), and Contemporary African American Novelists (1999), all available from Greenwood Press.

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