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

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

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

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

Synopsis

With 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. 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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