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Penguin Book Of Gay Short Stories Paperback – Dec 12 2012


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; New edition edition (Dec 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140167234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140167238
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #723,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In this provocative, wonderfully varied anthology, a formidable array of talents--gay and straight, men and women--investigate the experience of love between men, the individualistic complexity of gay male identity and gay men's relationships with lovers, friends and family. Highlights include Graham Greene's story about a newly wed but secretly gay man on a Mediterranean honeymoon with his wife, William Trevor's tale of hypocrisy at an English boys' school and works by Larry Kramer, Edmund White, Christopher Coe, Allan Gurganus, Ann Beattie, Edna O'Brien, D. H. Lawrence, Noel Coward, Sherwood Anderson and E. M. Forster. A third of the 39 selections appear here for the first time, alongside familiar pieces such as J. R. Ackerley's unsparingly candid account of his sex life and John Cheever's portrayal of love in prison from the novel Falconer . Several pieces may startle or provoke, such as Stephen Greco's raw, defiant dream-memory of the gay scene before AIDS; A. M. Holmes's graphically explicit romp involving two schoolmates in a bathtub; and James Kirkup's story of an American college teacher in Japan who goes to bed with one of his students. The tragedy of AIDS and its emotional and social impact are movingly depicted in stories by Peter Wells, Michael Cunningham, co-editor Leavitt and, one of its victims, the late Allen Barnett.
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One would be hard put to assemble a collection of fiction to more dreary effect than this anthology of the gay male experience. That is surprising, however, because the editors allow themselves wide parameters for selection, including short stories as well as excerpts from novels and memoirs, by authors male and female, gay as well as straight. The 39 pieces, all from the 20th century, include classics like Christopher Isherwood's "Sally Bowles," an excerpt from John Cheever's Falconer , as well as short stories from contemporaries Ann Beattie, Allan Gurganus, and Edna O'Brien. The problem is not any single work but the cumulative result. Too many of the tales sound the same elegiac note; nearly each is a story of loss, regret, and often bitterness. Humor rarely makes an appearance, and camp is carefully avoided. Despite its inclusiveness, this book serves up a narrow selection of gay short stories. A far better choice--livelier, more diverse--is The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction ( LJ 11/1/91).
- Brian Kenney, Brooklyn P.L.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The anthology is an excellent book. The stories were not written exclusively by gay authors, and surprises are waiting for the readers (e.g. Noel Coward's beautiful story). The 39 stories are offered by well-known authors (e.g. Forster, Isherwood), known young authors (Leavitt, Kramer) and by those less known. In so introducing new and promising authors to the readers, Leavitt and Mitchell prove yet again that the distinguished house of Penguin made the right choice in selecting them as editors. RUN TO BUY!
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By TLD on July 1 2001
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This is an excellent collection of gay short fiction, many from the pre-Stonewall period of obscurity. With the current explosion of GLTB literature, a sequel is in order:)
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39 Inteligent pieces of litrature - source of pride! Jan. 7 1998
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Format: Paperback
The anthology is an excellent book. The stories were not written exclusively by gay authors, and surprises are waiting for the readers (e.g. Noel Coward's beautiful story). The 39 stories are offered by well-known authors (e.g. Forster, Isherwood), known young authors (Leavitt, Kramer) and by those less known. In so introducing new and promising authors to the readers, Leavitt and Mitchell prove yet again that the distinguished house of Penguin made the right choice in selecting them as editors. RUN TO BUY!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A nice anthology Aug. 31 2005
By Rock Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This anthology offers a cornucopia of gay writers--some notorious and others undiscovered. We are offered different perspectives on the gay experience, and the stories transgress not only time periods, but age groups as well. The writers are gifted in their writing techniques, creating characters that are identifiable yet anomalous. I would recommend this anthology for those who are new to gay literature.
A Quality Collection Well Worth Purchasing June 24 2013
By Steven Kerry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a big fat wonderful collection of stories by gays or having to do with gays in some way, and I enjoyed it. I won't comment on any particular story; each is different. I love the fact that not all of the writers are gay themselves and not all of them are well-known; in fact, I've never heard of most of these writers, and often their stories struck me as more powerful than those of the well known. Some left me rather awestruck, others had me in stitches, and a few are frankly tragic, but that's what short stories are: slices of life. Not all the stories have any particular "twist" at the end; some of them just end like mini art films. Cool. On a more critical note, there is a certain mustiness to some of the stories, as if the book is intended to appeal to older readers. I did not pay attention to when the book came out, but at times it was a bit like rummaging through an old closet with mothballs as if adding a few more contemporary stories would've made the project seem less "literary". The book also would benefit from a more attractive cover; it somehow looks like one of those dreadful books one is forced to read in high school or college. Trust me when I say it is far more entertaining than that! Nevertheless, I determined to read one or two a day until I finished and was mostly rewarded in the process save a few head-scratchers. I believe there is another and newer volume; I will definitely be getting it also. For those who enjoy the short story form, this book is a treaure.
very interesting and.... Nov. 27 2012
By andyj1814 - Published on Amazon.com
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.....has introduced me to several authors I had not previously read and I have followed up with some of their longer works....used copies are pretty inexpensive.....
Creative and Beautiful Works Jan. 31 2010
By Michelle A. Ludwig - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled with beautifully written short stories that will blow your mind away. Not like what I have read before. A must have.


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