The Gay Canon: Great Books Every Gay Man Should Read

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There are countless works of interest to gay men in print right now--anthologies, novels, memoirs, and more. It is a reflection of progress that there is such an openly recognizable culture. Yet how to make sense of the choices offered? What do gay men need to read? What books have shaped the gay heart, mind, and soul?

The Gay Canon gives its readers answers to these questions. Not only does it list the one hundred great gay books that have influenced writers and continue to shape the gay imagination, it also provides a deeper, more comprehensive look at the twenty-six most seminal works, each of which is followed by a series of useful group discussion questions. Reaching all the way back to Gilgamesh and continuing through classics like Leaves of Grass, Confessions of a Mask, and The Wild Boys, as well as more recent books like Borrowed Time, The Gay Canon consistently avoids impenetrable academic literary criticism in favor of a more popular introduction for general readers and book groups.

The Gay Canon is a book to give to any young man just coming out, a book every gay reading group will want to rely on, and--most important--a book that will enrich and improve the gay story that continues to be written.

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Any attempt to identify the canonical or authoritative texts of any culture, let alone one as diverse as gay culture, is going to be fraught with peril, but Robert Drake makes a valiant effort here, operating on the assumption that "a gay book is a book that addresses issues of same-sex love, or a book written by an author who enjoys his same gender for sexual fulfillment and/or relief." (Of course, buried in that statement is an implicit assumption that we are, for the time being, only considering "same-sex love" between men; the formation of the lesbian canon is a task Drake leaves to others.) With position in the canon determined either by content or authorial orientation, but not necessarily both, some interesting choices wind up on the roster. You expected E.M. Forster, Marcel Proust, and Tony Kushner, no doubt, but what about Henry David Thoreau and Anne Rice? Twenty-three books are explored in particular depth, with the aim of providing a syllabus to be pursued alone or in a book group. Chances are you probably won't agree with everything Drake has to say about gay literature, but there's no doubt The Gay Canon will provoke and stimulate you. --Ron Hogan

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The publishers of The Gay Canon are deeply saddened to report that on January 31, 1999, Robert Drake was found in his apartment in Sligo, Ireland, badly beaten with severe head injuries. His condition since then has been critical, and as of this writing he has not yet regained consciousness. On February 24th, two men were arrested and charged by the Sligo District Court with "assault causing serious harm." One of the men also faces a second charge of stealing Mr. Drake's American passport and wallet. The two men were remanded on bail to a sitting of the District Court in Sligo on the 18th of March. "Assault causing serious harm" is the most severe assault charge in the Irish court system.

The attack is a horrible tragedy that has stunned Robert's family, friends, and colleagues. There is evidence to suggest that the assault was a bias crime, and many of Robert's supporters have mobilized to raise public awareness in America and in Ireland. Several websites are currently featuring information and updates about Robert's case as well as his medical condition, and they are listed below.

A fund has been also established to bring Robert back home to the United States so that he can receive the best possible medical care and be united with his parents, who are infirm and cannot make the trip to Ireland to be with him.

If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please feel free to send your donation to The Robert Drake Fund, in care of The Baltimore Alternative, P.O. Box 2351, Baltimore, MD 21203.
For information on hate crimes and how to eradicate hate crimes in the U.S., contact the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force at 202/332.6483

For more information:
Friends of Robert Drake: Jeffrey Smith, 312/558.8727 (after hours: 312/213.2999)
American Embassy, Dublin: Barbara Scarlett, (011) 353.1.668.9184

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