The City as well as the Pillar shocked America with regards to was launched in 1948. The queer coming-of-age novel about Jim Willard and their look for love ended up being the initial novel from a respected author (Gore Vidal) to talk straight and sympathetically in regards to the homosexual expertise in a time whenever homosexuality ended up being nevertheless extremely much taboo. The guide is remembered today with this legacy and for various themes — Hollywood’s glass wardrobe, being homosexual within the army, the poisonous ramifications of homophobia on culture — that still reverberate today.
12. The image of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
The only novel by the fantastic Oscar Wilde is almost certainly not overtly homosexual, but there’s lots of homosexual subtext here for the careful reader – about as much homosexual subtext as a favorite writer could get away with in 1891.