Gay Fiction Speaks: Conversations with Gay Novelists

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PATRICK GALE

The prolific British novelist Patrick Gale is known for a large number of commercially successful and critically praised novels, many of which feature a mixed group of characters in terms of gender, sexuality, and age. Armistead Maupin has long been a vocal admirer and supporter of Gale’s works. Born in 1962 on the Isle of Wight, Gale went to Winchester College and Oxford University, after which he moved to London and immediately began a fiction-writing career.

Gale’s first two novels were The Aerodynamics of Pork (London: Abacus, 1986) and Ease (London: Abacus, 1986), published simultaneously. Kansas in August (London: Century, 1987), Facing the Tank (London: Hutchinson, 1988), Little Bits of Baby (London: Chatto and Windus, 1989), and The Cat Sanctuary (London: Chatto and Windus, 1990)—which featured only women characters—all followed. In several works, Gale has stuck to the fictional milieu of “Barrowcester,” a provincial English town based on his experience of Winchester.

The novella “Caesar’s Wife” appeared in the coauthored volume Secret Lives: Three Novellas (with Tom Wakefield and Francis King; London: Constable, 1991). In 1995, Gale’s most ambitious novel, the epic The Facts of Life (London: Flamingo, 1995), was published. This featured the lives of three generations of characters from a single family and sought to draw analogies between the experience of tuberculosis sufferers early in the century and gay men with AIDS in the 1980s.

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Table of contents

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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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