The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film: A History and Annotated Bibliography

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In 1953, Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile was published, marking the first time a gay sleuth was featured in a novel. Although nearly ten years would pass before another figure of this kind would appear in print, such characters have increased significantly in the years since. Providing a context for this unique subgenre, scholar Drewey Wayne Gunn examines the history of the gay male sleuth - from its beginnings in that first novel, through the pulp novels of the 60s and 70s, and then into mainstream works that continue into the 21st century. In his overview, Gunn argues that the cognitive processes the sleuth must follow in order to solve the mystery function as a paradigm of the stages of self-actualization all gay men go through in order to achieve wholeness.

The second part of this volume is an annotated bibliography listing books with gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents that appeared between 1953 and 2004. Also included are annotated lists of other books of interest (1929-2004), books where the gay sleuth has only a supporting role, does not self-identify as gay (but seems to qualify as homosexual or bisexual), ends up in a homoerotic relationship, or is involved in a more psychological question rather than a true mystery. The third section is an annotated bibliography listing films and videos with gay sleuths that appeared from 1966-2004, along with other films and videos of similar interest, from 1948 to 2004. The author provides a list of relevant critical and bibliographical resources as well as a list of the Lambda Literary Awards finalists from 1988 thru 2004. The index lists all titles, writers, and sleuths. With more than 600 novels, over 100 movies, and nearly 20 television or video series, this is the most comprehensive bibliography ever assembled on this unique subgenre.

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Drewey Wayne Gunn is Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is the author of several articles and books including Mexico in American and British Letters (Scarecrow, 1974) and Tennessee Williams (Scarecrow, 1980; 2nd ed., 1991).

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With a discussion of more than 600 works of literature and 100 films and nearly 20 television or video series, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is the definitive reference work on this topic, and it belongs in any library whose patrons might be researching this subgenre. This outstanding book is divided into three highly readable and well-organized sections....Along with a superb index, this highly recommended work concludes with two very useful appendixes... (American Reference Books Annual)

This excellent reference offers detailed coverage of writers familiar to mainstream mystery readers....and many more published by specialist gay publishers. (Jon L. Breen Mystery Scene)

For anyone (whether reader or writer) interested in the gay male sleuth as a fictional genre, this books is, by far, the most comprehensive work to date....The book is chockablock with useful and interesting information....Finally, if you're ever in a good mood for a gay detective novel, but you haven't a clue what's 'out there' for your reading pleasure, you need look no farther than Professor Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film. It just doesn't get any easier than this. (Independent Gay Writer)

Gunn (emeritus, Texas A&M U.) examines representations of the gay male sleuth in print and film, beginning with the 1953 publication of Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile. He goes on to analyze pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and more recent mainstream works. The second part of the volume is an annotated bibliography describing over 600 books published between 1953 and 2004 that portray gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents. Over 100 films and videos are also listed.... (Reference and Research Book News)

The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a bona-fide invaluable and welcome companion for any mystery buff, including those of us interested in tracking down any transgender existent within that particular genre. (Transgender Forum Book Review)

For mystery buffs or fans of gay literature, The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is a must-have. The book is pretty evenly divided between a fascinating look at the gay male sleuth throughout history and a comprehensive bibliography of books featuring gay male sleuths. (Josh Aterovis, Author of the Killian Kendall Mystery Series Black Sheep Productions)

Dr. Gunn has provided us with the definitive reference guide for a fascinating but previously neglected genre of popular culture. This work will serve as a companion for leisure reading and a baseline for future scholarly research. (Eric Smith, LGBT Studies Librarian, Duke University)

Gunn (emeritus, Texas A&M U.) examines representations of the gay male sleuth in print and film, beginning with the 1953 publication of Rodney Garland's The Heart in Exile. He goes on to analyze pulp novels of the 1960s and 1970s and more recent mainstream works. The second part of the volume is an annotated bibliography describing over 600 books published between 1953 and 2004 that portray gay and bisexual sleuths and secret agents. Over 100 films and videos are also listed. (Reference and Research Book News)

Through his citations and often-extensive annotations, Professor Gunn provides abundant information about the gay male sleuth in various modes of fictions. (Professor John Krammer, Author of College Mystery Novels: An Annotated Bibliography and Academe in Mystery and Detective Fiction)

There are some books, which you can never resist. You pick it up, just to check something, and an hour later are still browsing happily. Wayne Gunn's The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film is one of those books....The breadth and depth of Gunn's research is astonishing. He features more than 600 novels, over 100 films and about 20 TV shows-and you get the distinct feeling he knows each one of these inside-out! This is an important and worthy addition to crime fiction scholarship. (Reviewingtheevidence.Com)

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