The History of Queer Literature | 100 LGBT+ Books Published in the Last 100 Years

In the spirit of ‘we have always been here,’ here’s a list of 100+ queer/LGBT+ books published in the last 100 years. It includes common queer classics, as well as more underrated titles, and attempts to showcase an international (and non-exhaustive!) selection of 100 years of LGBT+ literature.

From left to right: James Baldwin, Roberta Cowell, Suniti Namjoshi and Rita Mae Brown

1920–1929

1920: El hombre que parecía un caballo (translated from Spanish: “The Man Who Looked Like A Horse”) by Rafael Arévalo Martínez

1930-1939

1930: Poems by W.H. Auden

1940–1949

1940: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

1950–1959

1950: Women’s Barracks (translated from French) by Tereska Torrès

1960–1969

1960: Journey to a Woman by Ann Bannon

1970–1979

1970: Cruising by Gerald Walker

1980–1989

1980: Duffy by Julian Barnes

1990–1999

1990: To The Friend Who Didn’t Save My Life (translated from French) by Hervé Guibert

2000–2009

2000: My Fellow Skin (translated from Dutch) by Erwin Mortier

2010–2019

2010: The Two Krishnas by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla

Bonus: 2020 & 2021

2020

A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen

2021

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

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