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LGBTQ Literature: Sources

This LibGuide provides resources to read and learn about LGBTQ literature. All resources are available through the LGBT Memorial Library in Roanoke, VA, or online.

Books about Women

Barnes, D. (1961). Nightwood. New York: New Directions.

Brown, R. (1973). Rubyfruit jungle. Plainfield, VT: Daughters, Inc.

Garden, N. (1982). Annie on my mind. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

Hall, R. (1993). The well of loneliness. New York: Quality Paperback Book Club.

Highsmith, P. (1993). The price of salt. Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press.

Holoch, N. & Nestle, J. (1999). The Vintage book of international lesbian fiction. New York: Vintage Books.

Lorde, A. (1982). Zami, a new spelling of my name. Trumansburg, NY: Crossing Press.

​Miller, I. (1969). Patience and Sarah. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Reynolds, M. (1994). The Penguin book of lesbian short stories. New York: Viking.

Sappho (1991). The love songs of Sappho. New York: Signet Classics.

Strachey, D. B. (1995). Olivia. New York: The Quality Paperback Club.

Walker, A. (1982). The color purple. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Waters, S. (2002). Fingersmith. New York: Riverhead Books.

Woolf, V. (1953). Mrs. Dalloway. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.

Books about Men

Baldwin, J. (1988). Go tell it on the mountain; Giovanni's room; The fire next time. New York: The Quality Paperback Club.

Capote, T. (1948). Other voices, other rooms. New York: Random House.

Forster, E. (1981). Maurice. New York: Norton.

Karlinsky, S., Lane, E. & Leyland, W. (1979). Now the volcano : an anthology of Latin American gay literature. San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press.

Lawrence, D., Forster, E., Isherwood, C., Coward, N., Ackerley, J., Greene, G.,... & Mitchell, M. (1994). The Penguin book of gay short stories. New York: Viking.

Mann, T. & Chase, J. (1999). Death in Venice and other stories. New York: Signet Classic.

Mishima, Y. (1958). Confessions of a mask. New York: New Directions.

Tóibín, C. (2004). The master : a novel. New York: Scribner.

Vidal, G. (1965). The city and the pillar. New York: New American Library.

White, E. & James, H. (1991). The Faber book of gay short fiction. London Boston: Faber and Faber.

Whitman, W. (1950). Leaves of grass and selected prose. New York: Random House.

Wilde, O. (1995). The picture of Dorian Gray and selected stories. New York: Signet Classic.

Books about Transgender Folks

Ebershoff, D. (2000). The Danish girl : a novel. New York: Viking.

Feinberg, L. (1993). Stone butch blues : a novel. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books.

Woolf, V. (1973). Orlando; a biography. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Scholarly Sources

Foster, J. (1958). Sex variant women in literature. London: Frederick Muller.

Grier, B. (1981). The lesbian in literature. Tallahassee, FL: Naiad Press.

Kellogg, S. (1985). Essays on gay literature. New York: Harrington Park Press.

Nelson, E. (1993). Critical essays : gay and lesbian writers of color. New York: Haworth Press.

Sedgwick, E. (1985). Between men : English literature and male homosocial desire. New York: Columbia University Press.

Summers, C. (1995). The gay and lesbian literary heritage : a reader's companion to the writers and their works, from antiquity to the present. New York: H. Holt.

What's Next?

Furneaux, H. (2009). Queer Dickens: Erotics, families, masculinities. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Jáuregui, B. (2014). The avowal of difference : queer Latino American narratives. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Marcus, S. (2007). Between women: Friendship, desire, and marriage in Victorian England. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.