The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered

What if you wanted to give a friend the book that saved your life when you realized you were gay, but it was out of print?  You could hunt in used book stores, or search online for reviews, but you’d be lucky to find it. In "The Lost Library" twenty eight modern gay authors reminisce about their favorite out of print gay novels, bringing the texts to light and telling intimate stories of their own.



“A celebratory and poetic collection . . . Bridge[s] a gap between the recent post-Stonewall generation and today’s younger gay readers. . . . The Lost Library leads the way through the stacks to numerous titles now regretfully out of print; it makes its home in the world of fiction, acting as a treasure map to yesterday’s hidden gems.” Patty Comeau in ForeWord Magazine

“Many of the essays themselves are, like the most satisfying litereary criticism, beautifully written little memoirs and social histories on their own.” Kevin Bentley author of Wild Animals I Have Known: Polk Street Diaries and After


A dazzling and pioneering collection of essays by contemporary gay writers who remember — and memorialize — those literary works that shaped their own personal journeys toward self-recognition. Collectively, the essays testify to the enduring power of art to illuminate the paths that lead us home. . . . A major milestone in the on-going project of constructing a distinctly gay literary history. 

— Emmanuel Nelson , Professor of English at SUNY-Cortland; editor of The Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States


I, personally, had a great time reliving my past through Cardamone's anthology and it certainly made me realize how much is gone. It also made me remember how much I loved what I read and how it helped make me into the man I am today.

— Amos Lassen