From the unarticulated tenderness of the swimming boys in DH Lawrence's 'A Poem Of Friendship' to the explicit sexuality of AM Homes' 'The Whiz Kids' with its boys in a bathtub, this extraordinary collection of thirty-six stories celebrates both the diversity and commonality of gay experience.
Imaginatively revised and updated, 'The New Penguin Book Of Gay Short Stories' positions offerings from literary heavyweights alongside a sampling of stories by newly emerging writers. Not all the authors collected here are male or gay; what they share is a refusal to reduce gay experience to a set of cliches, or to "ghettoize" gay men as shadowy inhabitants of a nocturnal subculture.
Sexuality, though an important aspect of these stories, does not define them any more than it does the characters who inhabit them. Rather, the stories confront what the editors call "the perversity of individual experience".
- Publication Date:
- 07 / 10 / 2003
- 153 x 234mm