Herman Melville, 1851
Captain Ahab and his seamen chase a sperm whale around the Pacific.
For the Pleasure of His Company: An Affair of the Misty City
Charles Warren Stoddard, 1903
Homo autobiographical story of manlove in prequake San Francisco.
Henry James, 1909
The queer author's essays on Italian travel in the early 20th century.
Death in Venice
Thomas Mann, 1912
Beauty, obsession, decadence, and disease set in a sinking city.
E.M. Forster, 1914
Priggish Maurice has a sexual awakening in the United Kingdom's Cambridge.
Passenger to Teheran
Vita Sackville-West, 1926
Virginia Woolf's lover's travelogue of a four-month journey through the Middle East.
Virginia Woolf, 1928
Gender-bending reincarnation over 300 years in England.
Gertrude Stein, 1940
Franco recollections from Alice B. Tolkas' gal pal.
The Condor and the Cows
Christopher Isherwood, 1948
South American travel diary of Isherwood and lover, Bill Caskey.
The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowles, 1949
Sexual and spiritual ambiguity in desolate postwar Algeria.
Yukio Mishima, 1954
A dark and homoerotic Great Expectations set in '50s Japan.
James Baldwin, 1956
The passions of American expatriates in post-World War II Paris.
Jack Kerouac, 1962
Alcoholism and tangled desires in mystical Northern California.
Gore Vidal, 1968
Transgender surrealism in '60s psychedelic Hollywood.
Kiss of the Spiderwoman
Manuel Puig, 1976
Argentine prisoners wax romantic about cinema and fall in love.
Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin, 1976
Turbulent Technicolor '70s San Francisco comes alive at 28 Barbary Lane.
Rita Mae Brown, 1973
Outrageous tale of a sexually liberated young lesbian trickster in New York City.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Audre Lorde, 1983
Lorde writes of her cultural heritage from the Caribbean island of Grenada
Prisoner of Love
Jean Genet, 1986
Profiles of the all-male culture of Palestinian soldiers in Jordan and Lebanon.
The Swimming-Pool Library
Alan Hollinghurst, 1988
Life in the lively lavatories of London before the onset of AIDS.
Bruce Chatwin, 1988
The gay travel writer's sojourn through aboriginal Australia.
Bastard Out of Carolina
Dorothy Allison, 1992
Sexual abuse and awakening in the impoverished Deep South.
Volleyball With the Cuna Indians
Hanns Ebensten, 1993
Travel adventures by the godfather of gay tour operators.
A House on the Ocean, a House on the Bay
Felice Picano, 1997
Picano's memoir of post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS Fire Island.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt, 1999
"Hiding your candy" becomes the catchphrase of Savannah.
The Married Man
Edmund White, 2001
A gay couple's tragic retreat to Venice, Key West, Montreal, and the bleak Sahara.
Men Who Loved Me
Felice Picano, 2003
Our hero, Ambidextrous, discovers Europe--and his homosexuality--in the frenetic '60s.
Cleopatra's Wedding Present
Robert Tewdwr Moss, 2003
The late author's homo memoirs of travels in Syria.
The World: Travels 1950-2000
Jan Morris, 2003
Essays from the global pursuits of the famous transgender author.