Gay Fiction Speaks: Conversations with Gay Novelists

Kobo ebook | March 8, 2001

byRichard Canning

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Today's most celebrated, prominent, and promising authors of gay fiction in English explore the literary influences and themes of their work in these revealing interviews with Richard Canning. Though the interviews touch upon a wide range of issues -- including gay culture, AIDS, politics, art, and activism -- what truly distinguishes them is the extent to which Canning encourages the authors to reflect on their writing practices, published work, literary forebears, and their writing peers -- gay and straight.

Edmund White talks about narrative style and the story behind the cover of A Boy's Own Story.

Armistead Maupin discusses his method of writing and how his work has adapted to television.

Dennis Cooper thinks about L.A., AIDS, Try, and pop music.

Alan Hollinghurst considers structure and point of view in The Folding Star, and why The Swimming-Pool Library is exactly 366 pages long.

David Leavitt muses on the identity of the gay reader -- and the extent to which that readership defined a tradition.

Andrew Holleran wonders how he might have made The Beauty of Men "more forlorn, romantic, lost" by writing in the first person.

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Today's most celebrated, prominent, and promising authors of gay fiction in English explore the literary influences and themes of their work in these revealing interviews with Richard Canning. Though the interviews touch upon a wide range of issues -- including gay culture, AIDS, politics, art, and activism -- what truly distinguishes ...

Richard Canning is lecturer in English and American literature at Sheffield University. He has written for The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Independent, and Attitude.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 8, 2001Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231502494

ISBN - 13:9780231502498

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Table of Contents

Foreword by David Bergman
Introduction
James Purdy
John Rechy
Edmund White
Andrew Holleran
Armistead Maupin
Felice Picano
Allan Gurganus
Ethan Mordden
Dennis Cooper
Alan Hollinghurst
David Leavitt
Patrick Gale

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Twelve of today's best-known gay novelists on the art of writing Gay literature owes an enormous debt to the trail-blazing work of Professor Canning. His ground breaking interviews record a gay literary tradition that is quickly passing, and this herculean feat in itself would be enough to warrant publication. These interviews, however, do more than record the thoughts of important neglected writers. They begin to outline the as-yet-untold history of Anglo-American gay male fiction.