The Who’s Who in Gay Literary History

Eminent Outlaws book cover“Before World War II, homosexuality was a dirty secret that was almost never written about and rarely discussed,” says Christopher Bram in his literary history, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. 1948 was the game-changer year. In 1948, The City and the Pillar, by Gore Vidal, and Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote, were released. Bram gives a solid history including mini-biographies and infamous anecdotes on a timeline that covers the coded gay storyline in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie to Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the response to AIDS in the 1980s. Bram succeeds in writing a breezy, selective history about how America’s coming-out seems to have started in literature.