By Emmanuel S. Nelson
Gay presence is not anything new to American verse and theater. Homoerotic subject matters are discernible in American poetry as early because the nineteenth century, and identifiably homosexual characters seemed at the American degree greater than 70 years in the past. yet other than a number of impressive exceptions, homosexual artists of prior generations felt forced to prevent sexual candor of their writings. Conversely, such a lot modern homosexual poets and playwrights are unfastened from such constraints and feature created a extraordinary physique of labor. This reference is a consultant to their inventive achievements. Alphabetically prepared entries current sixty two modern homosexual American poets and dramatists.
While nearly all of integrated writers are more youthful artists who got here of age within the post-Stonewall united states, a few are older authors whose paintings has persisted or endured into fresh a long time. a few those writers are popular, together with Edward Albee, Harvey Fierstein, and Allen Ginsberg. Others, corresponding to Alan Bowne, Timothy Liu, and Robert O'Hara, advantage wider acceptance. each one access is written by means of a professional contributor and encompasses a biography, a dialogue of significant works and issues, an summary of the author's serious reception, and first and secondary bibliographies.
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