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Pre-1969 LGBTQ Literature

Description: In honor of Pride Month, our June List of the Month is dedicated to LGBTQ Literature written and/or published before 1969. Given the wealth of Pride reading lists that highlight some of the great books of today, we wanted to draw attention to LGBTQ books from an earlier period. Titles may be either fiction or nonfiction, but they must have an LGBTQ connection, and they must have been written before 1969, even if they were not published until after that date. Ten titles may be added per person. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme, or the parameters listed above.

Members: 65 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
3,744 members, 64 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Jannes (1), FleetSparrow (1), walterhpdx (1), Rtrace (1), Tosta (2), Dilara86 (2), Heather39 (4), ablachly (4), dianeham (4), katemcangus (4), amanda4242 (5)5 more, thorold (5), Proclus (6), arachnepress (9), susanbooks (9), alex68 (10)

Thumbs down: reaper_hound

Score: 46.82

2
4,541 members, 104 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Angela.Shere (1), reesetee (1), DouglasAtEik (1), hipdeep (1), thorold (1), Bking150 (2), ulee_g (2), walterhpdx (2), katemcangus (2), elkiedee (4), ablachly (5)3 more, karenb (6), Heather39 (7), Proclus (7)

Score: 46.43

3
35,072 members, 584 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Bking150 (1), mysanal (1), al.vick (1), DoomLuz (1), Jannes (2), FleetSparrow (2), Heather39 (2), quondame (2), zmeischa (2), walterhpdx (3), ahef1963 (3)3 more, alex68 (4), ulee_g (4), hipdeep (7)

Thumbs down: Marmie7

Score: 45.01

4
9,534 members, 160 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: charl08 (1), zmeischa (1), karenb (1), alex68 (2), mysanal (2), ablachly (2), hipdeep (2), Aquila (2), Jannes (3), Heather39 (6), jeancotchin (8)

Score: 36.79

5
2,557 members, 86 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ulee_g (1), ablachly (1), sturlington (1), EMS_24 (1), katemcangus (1), bonchcronch (2), Bking150 (3), dianeham (3), jeancotchin (5), arachnepress (10)

Score: 34.37

6
18,599 members, 311 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: alex68 (1), ahef1963 (1), charl08 (2), susanbooks (2), Rtrace (3), zmeischa (3), ulee_g (5), FAMeulstee (5), jeancotchin (7)

Score: 28.62

7
11,548 members, 245 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: quondame (1), Rtrace (2), FAMeulstee (2), ulee_g (3), FleetSparrow (3), elkiedee (3), ahef1963 (4), zmeischa (5), jeancotchin (6), alex68 (6)

Thumbs down: Jannes

Score: 28.46

8
10,078 members, 165 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: bonchcronch (1), susanbooks (1), mysanal (3), reesetee (3), Heather39 (3), quondame (3), Bking150 (4), ahef1963 (6)

Score: 25.54

9
2,470 members, 47 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: bonchcronch (3), jeancotchin (3), reesetee (4), richardderus (4), Jannes (5), FleetSparrow (5), aspirit (5), dianeham (5)

Score: 22.44

10
1,018 members, 34 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (1), Tosta (3), ablachly (3), FleetSparrow (4), DouglasAtEik (4), queen_ypolita (4), Heather39 (5)

Score: 21.24

Explanations:

amanda4242 (1): Renault is best remembered for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece, but I really like this one set shortly after Dunkirk.

11
2,991 members, 54 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: tommi180744 (1), jeancotchin (2), bonchcronch (4), reesetee (5), FleetSparrow (6), richardderus (6), quondame (6), ahef1963 (7)

Thumbs down: karenb

Score: 20.99

Explanations:

karenb (0): Published after 1969 (1973)

12
1,868 members, 43 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (2), richardderus (3), Jannes (4), Rtrace (4), FAMeulstee (4), quondame (5), alex68 (7)

Score: 20.02

13
565 members, 11 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: Aquila (1), reesetee (2), karenb (2), thorold (2), jeancotchin (4), queen_ypolita (7)

Score: 19.38

14
2,851 members, 55 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: dianeham (1), charl08 (3), alex68 (3), quondame (4), karenb (7), FleetSparrow (9)

Score: 17.68

15
2,601 members, 38 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: elkiedee (1), queen_ypolita (1), ManWithAnAgenda (1), Bking150 (5), karenb (5)

Score: 17.35

16
2,469 members, 42 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: jeancotchin (1), ahef1963 (2), dianeham (2), hipdeep (4), alex68 (5)

Score: 16.23

17
69 members, 5 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: RCharronJD (1), richardderus (2), Bking150 (6), FleetSparrow (7), Heather39 (8)

Score: 14.76

18
507 members, 11 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (3), AbigailAdams26 (3), mysanal (4), Aquila (4), Bking150 (7), jeancotchin (9)

Thumbs down: themulhern

Score: 14.5

Explanations:

themulhern (0): No internal or historical evidence that Sappho was actually gay. The sort of poetry she wrote was conventionally written by lyric poets of her time.… (more)

19
2,377 members, 46 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: sturlington (2), walterhpdx (4), bonchcronch (5), katemcangus (5), ManWithAnAgenda (7)

Score: 14

20
2,106 members, 108 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: DoomLuz (2), Rtrace (5), ahef1963 (8), FleetSparrow (8), Heather39 (9)

Score: 13.11

21
2,347 members, 74 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (4), bonchcronch (6), mysanal (6), Rtrace (7), aspirit (10)

Score: 12.65

Explanations:

aspirit (10): Queer main character written by an openly gay author. Pub 1966.

22
2,690 members, 29 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: zmeischa (4), mysanal (5), ahef1963 (5), hipdeep (6)

Score: 10.73

23
186 members, 1 review
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: Proclus (3), Rtrace (6), FleetSparrow (10), castel15 (10)

Score: 10.09

24
63 members, 0 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: 7sistersapphist (1), arachnepress (5), jeancotchin (10)

Score: 8.92

25
928 members, 9 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (2), SomeGuyInVirginia (6), Proclus (8)

Score: 8.3

26
5,103 members, 62 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (2), bonchcronch (7), mysanal (7)

Score: 8.28

27
1,988 members, 75 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: katemcangus (3), richardderus (5), Proclus (9)

Score: 8.02

28
125 members, 2 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: karenb (3), reesetee (7), bonchcronch (8)

Score: 7.88

29
1,484 members, 22 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: -Pia- (1), hipdeep (3)

Score: 7.04

30
446 members, 9 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: EMoore1013 (1), walterhpdx (5)

Score: 6.68

31
616 members, 7 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: wester (1), paradoxosalpha (6)

Score: 6.56

32
194 members, 8 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (1), reesetee (6)

Score: 6.56

33
4,924 members, 115 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: Tosta (1), richardderus (7)

Score: 6.46

34
2,378 members, 32 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: amydross (1), FAMeulstee (7)

Score: 6.46

35
2,923 members, 75 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: themulhern (1), ahef1963 (9)

Score: 6.31

36
301 members, 8 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: FAMeulstee (1), alex68 (9)

Score: 6.31

37
80 members, 0 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: queen_ypolita (3), Proclus (4)

Score: 5.87

38
68 members, 1 review
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: thorold (3), AbigailAdams26 (4)

Score: 5.87

39
1,549 members, 23 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: DouglasAtEik (2), quondame (7)

Score: 5.82

40
3,441 members, 62 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: pamelad (2), ahef1963 (10)

Score: 5.61

41
4,901 members, 101 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: FAMeulstee (3), quondame (8)

Score: 5.42

42
890 members, 11 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: DouglasAtEik (3), richardderus (8)

Score: 5.42

43
1,741 members, 26 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: gtross (3), hipdeep (10)

Score: 5.29

Explanations:

gtross (3): Probably the best known body of gay verse in any language. Not every poem in the "Complete" Cavafy is on a gay theme, but his homoerotic verse is justifiably famous.… (more)

44
258 members, 11 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: Aquila (3), susanbooks (10)

Score: 5.29

45
339 members, 11 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: queen_ypolita (5), arachnepress (6)

Score: 5.23

46
10 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (4), bonchcronch (9)

Score: 5.14

47
85 members, 3 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: queen_ypolita (6), arachnepress (7)

Score: 5.02

48
1,365 members, 5 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Proclus (5), bonchcronch (10)

Score: 4.92

49
2,283 members, 40 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: alex68 (8), amanda4242 (8)

Score: 4.76

50
422 members, 7 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: reesetee (8), hipdeep (8)

Score: 4.76

51
2,400 members, 49 reviews
3.29 stars (3.29 stars)

Lists: quondame (9), hipdeep (9)

Score: 4.62

52
460 members, 12 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: arachnepress (1), amanda4242 (9)

Thumbs down: karenb

Score: 4.31

Explanations:

karenb (0): Published after 1969 (2017)

amanda4242 (9): Published in 1927.

53
2,209 members, 29 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: gtross (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

gtross (1): Published 1934. Two of the stories ("The Roads Round Pisa" and "The Monkey") explicitly thematize queer sexualities, and most of the rest inventively treat the same.… (more)

54
1,689 members, 11 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Proclus (1)

Score: 4

55
1,233 members, 29 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: Nicole_VanK (1)

Score: 4

56
484 members, 13 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (1)

Score: 4

57
482 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: noveltea (1)

Score: 4

58
445 members, 8 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: iamFOXFIRE (1)

Score: 4

59
408 members, 7 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: pamelad (1)

Score: 4

60
111 members, 2 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: LakenElizabeth (1)

Score: 4

61
48 members, 0 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (1)

Score: 4

62
37 members, 1 review
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: richardderus (1)

Score: 4

63
31 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: Heather39 (1)

Score: 4

64
14 members, 0 reviews

Lists: aspirit (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

aspirit (1): Published a century later but ~2/3 of the book consists of the letters from 1890 into 1918

65
12 members, 0 reviews

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (1)

Score: 4

66
1 member, 0 reviews

Lists: Rommert (1)

Score: 4

67
3,128 members, 27 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: amydross (2)

Score: 3.36

68
1,610 members, 25 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: Proclus (2)

Score: 3.36

69
1,285 members, 20 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: themulhern (2)

Score: 3.36

70
658 members, 19 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: gtross (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

gtross (2): Unrequited homosexual love story, between a male professor and his male student.

71
228 members, 0 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: aspirit (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

aspirit (2): Originally published in 1928

72
137 members, 4 reviews
3.21 stars (3.21 stars)

Lists: iamFOXFIRE (2)

Score: 3.36

73
91 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: Rommert (2)

Score: 3.36

74
76 members, 1 review
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: queen_ypolita (2)

Score: 3.36

75
69 members, 2 reviews
2.38 stars (2.38 stars)

Lists: EMoore1013 (2)

Score: 3.36

76
68 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: EMS_24 (2)

Score: 3.36

77
48 members, 0 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: AbigailAdams26 (2)

Score: 3.36

78
39 members, 2 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (2)

Score: 3.36

79
12 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: SomeGuyInVirginia (2)

Score: 3.36

80
10 members, 0 reviews

Lists: 7sistersapphist (2)

Score: 3.36

81
2,058 members, 25 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: themulhern (3)

Score: 3.04

82
635 members, 6 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: pamelad (3)

Score: 3.04

83
571 members, 14 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: aspirit (3)

Score: 3.04

84
373 members, 7 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: iamFOXFIRE (3)

Score: 3.04

85
233 members, 4 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (3)

Score: 3.04

86
87 members, 1 review
2.95 stars (2.95 stars)

Lists: EMoore1013 (3)

Score: 3.04

87
43 members, 2 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (3)

Score: 3.04

89
11 members, 1 review
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (3)

Score: 3.04

90
10 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Rommert (3)

Score: 3.04

92
1,156 members, 15 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: susanbooks (4)

Score: 2.83

93
902 members, 24 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (4)

Score: 2.83

94
601 members, 7 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: iamFOXFIRE (4)

Score: 2.83

95
525 members, 17 reviews
4.46 stars (4.46 stars)

Lists: pamelad (4)

Score: 2.83

96
334 members, 3 reviews
3.37 stars (3.37 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

97
176 members, 2 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: paradoxosalpha (4)

Score: 2.83

99
44 members, 1 review
3.2 stars (3.2 stars)

Lists: Rommert (4)

Score: 2.83

100
15 members, 0 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: aspirit (4)

Score: 2.83

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Started by: AbigailAdams26 (June 9)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

Limit: 10 books

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