The following is a timeline of works of fiction where gay or bisexual men are the main focus. This document is living, and it will be updated with new literature as I read it.
- Maurice by E. M. Forster: Written in 1914 but not published till 1971, this novel is ahead of its time in its positive depiction of gay men. Forster offers a tantalizing glimpse into what it was like to be a young gay man during the Edwardian period.
- “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx: Proulx shatters the stereotype of the heterosexual cowboy in this stunning short story about the love between two men. In a matter of few pages, Proulx manages to enthrall the reader with the story of a love destined for a tragic end.
- At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill: Set in an Ireland on the verge of the 1916 Easter Rising, O’Neill’s story follows the budding romance between two young Irish boys. Written in the stream of consciousness style, the novel submerges the reader into a post-Wildean era of the early 20th century.
- Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman: The story of two young men who experience a sexual awakening during a summer in 1980s Italy. Aciman’s novel explores the emotions of love, lust, and obsession with unapologetic honesty, sparing no detail as the reader is immersed into a homoerotic world of desire.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: A fascinating tale about coming to terms with one’s identity when navigating the intersections of sexuality, race, and gender, Sáenz’ novel tells a story to which all young and older readers can relate.
- Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón: In the Icelandic landscape of a Reykjavik seized by the Spanish flu, Máni Stein hovers between a culture which soundly rejects his homosexuality and his one connection to the world: the cinema. In this prolific novel, Sjón tells the story of a young gay man who never was.
- At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson: As his world begins to collapse around him, a young boy learns about his place in the universe. Exploring the trials of first love, Hutchinson provides a moving contribution to an emerging queer cannon written for the adolescent gay man.