These four books are on almost every 'Must Read Gay Novels' list. There's a good reason why - with language both beautiful and uncomfortable, with truths both obscured and revealed, with desire both repressed and exploding - these four novels represent the first generation of gay novels which not only changes how we talk about gay male desire, they set a new literary standard.
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Maurice by E.M. Forster
Our Lady Of The Flowers by Jean Genet
Confessions Of A Mask by Yukio Mishima
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