Gay Fiction Speaks: Conversations with Gay Novelists

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ALAN HOLLINGHURST

Alan Hollinghurst is best known for his first two novels, the widely acclaimed The Swimming-Pool Library and The Folding Star. Born in 1954, Hollinghurst studied and taught at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he wrote an unpublished M. Litt. thesis on “The Creative Uses of Homosexuality in the Novels of E. M. Forster, Ronald Firbank, and L. P. Hardey” (1980).

Hollinghurst’s first publications were a poetry pamphlet, Confidential Chats with Boys (Oxford: Sycamore, 1982), and the story “A Thieving Boy,” in Firebird Two (London: Penguin, 1983). The Swimming-Pool Library (London: Chatto and Windus, 1988) and The Folding Star (London: Chatto and Windus, 1994), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, were critically feted and sold well. His most recent novel is The Spell (London: Chatto and Windus, 1998).

Hollinghurst provided the introduction to a collection of Ronald Firbank’s juvenilia, The Early Firbank, ed. Steven Moore (London/New York: Quartet, 1991), and his translation of Racine’s Bazajet has also been published (London: Chatto and Windus, 1991). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Ronald Firbank, Three Novels (London: Penguin, 2000), and lives in a flat overlooking Hampstead Heath, North London, where this interview took place on Monday, June 15,1998.

RCThe Swimming-Pool Library and The Folding Star were both written in the first person; The Spell in the third person. Could you comment on the shift?

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  • Title Page ii
  • Between Men ~ between Women v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Introduction xvii
  • One - James Purdy 1
  • Two - John Rechy 41
  • Three - Edmund White 75
  • Four - Andrew Holleran 113
  • Five - Armistead Maupin 151
  • Six - Felice Picano 185
  • Seven - Allan Gurganus 225
  • Eight - Ethan Mordden 261
  • Nine - Dennis Cooper 297
  • Ten - Alan Hollinghurst 331
  • Eleven - David Leavitt 367
  • Twelve - Patrick Gale 399
  • Between Men ~ between Women 441
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