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Somerville, Edith (1858-1949) and Violet Martin (1862-1915)
Edith Somerville and Violet Martin, who published as Somerville and Ross, were both life and literary partners.
Spender, Sir Stephen
In his poetry and his autobiography, Stephen Spender wrote about his homosexual experiences in his early life.
Strachey, Lytton
The English biographer and essayist Lytton Strachey spoke openly of his homosexuality to his Bloomsbury friends, but his openly gay works were published only after his death.
Sullivan, Andrew
Social and political commentator Andrew Sullivan has established himself as an influential participant in Anglo-American political discourse.
Swinburne, Algernon Charles
Algernon Charles Swinburne was interested in flagellation, sadomasochism, bisexuality, and lesbianism, not only for their erotics but also as gestures of social and cultural rebellion.
Symonds, John Addington
John Addington Symonds was the most daring innovator in the history of nineteenth-century British homosexual writing and consciousness.
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Although he was sexually attracted to women, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote poetry suffused with homoeroticism, including the most beautiful homoerotic elegy in the English language.
Thesiger, Sir Wilfred
Although there is some question as to whether travel writer, explorer, photographer, and cult figure Sir Wilfred Thesiger can be labeled as homosexual, his most powerful emotional ties were with the young male companions of his famous journeys.
Tóibín, Colm
The recent novels of acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín are astutely observed, unsentimental explorations of gay men trying to fit into an unwelcoming, and often openly hostile, world.
Uranian Poets
The Uranian poets, who lived and wrote from the close of the Victorian era to the middle of the interwar period, celebrated love for adolescent boys.
Walpole, Horace
Throughout his life, Horace Walpole was devoted to other men, and his exploration of dysfunctional families in The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother probably stems from his own experience with a destructive father.
Warner, Sylvia Townsend
The poet, novelist, and short story writer Sylvia Townsend Warner is an important lesbian voice of the earlier twentieth century.
Waters, Sarah
Sarah Waters is the author of three lesbian novels as well as articles on lesbian and gay literature.
Waugh, Evelyn
Evelyn Waugh, who had homosexual affairs while at Oxford but later led a heterosexual life, treated homosexuals both nostalgically and contemptuously in his novels.
Welch, Denton
Largely autobiographical, the novels of Denton Welch are suffused with homosexuality.
Wilde, Oscar
Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.
Wilson, Sir Angus
Scattered throughout the novels and short stories of Sir Angus Wilson are a number of gay characters who are presented from a decidedly nonapologetic gay viewpoint.
Winterson, Jeanette
Jeanette Winterson's prize-winning novels exploring lesbian and gender issues have quickly gained a following not only among lesbian and gay readers but also among mainstream readers as well.
Woolf, Virginia
Passionate friendships with women were essential to the life and work of novelist Virginia Woolf.
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