Andrew Holleran

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    Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym of Eric Garber (born 1944), a novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is a prominent novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature. He was a member of the The Violet Quill, a gay writer's group that met briefly from 1980-81. The Violet Quill included other prolific gay writers like Edmund White and Felice Picano. Holleran, who has historically been very protective of his privacy, uses "Andrew Holleran" as his pseudonym.
    Dancer from the Dance, his first novel, was published in 1978. Its narrative takes place among the discotheques of New York City and Fire Island, although it is Fire Island, with its literal distance from the mainland, that provides a pivotal backdrop for the novel. Dancer shares many of its locales, as well as its themes, with the acid, satirical Faggots, Larry Kramer's novel, which was published in the same year. The novels make a fascinating comparison: Holleran's is rarefied, literary, and dream-like, while Kramer's is satirical, biting, and humorous.
    Holleran's second novel was Nights in Aruba, and his third is titled The Beauty of Men. Holleran's latest novel Grief: a Novel received the 2007 Stonewall Book Award.
    Holleran teaches creative writing at American University in Washington, DC, and he continues to publish short fiction in gay short story collections like M2M: New Literary Fiction and frequently publishes articles in The Gay and Lesbian Review

    Works -
    Dancer from the Dance (1978)
    Nights in Aruba (1983)
    Ground Zero, essays (1988)
    The Beauty of Men (1996)
    In September, The Light Changes, stories (1999)
    Grief: a Novel (2006)

    Source: Mini-Biography from Wikipedia, Picture from New York Times

    I really can't believe this man isn't more well-known! I was trying to find "The Beauty of Men" today, and every clerk at the bookstore had no idea of his huge contribution to literature - gay literature, and the entire body of literature throughout history, much less who he was! Hands down, one of the best writers of our time.
     

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