Out of the Closet: A Collection of Early LGBTQ+ Fiction

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This is a collection of 22 LGBTQ+ stories published between 1841-1923, covering a wide span of authors, genres, and literary traditions. Some stories are coded and euphemistic, often framing their central relationships as friendships or familial bonds. Others are surprisingly brazen and bold for their time, courting controversy for their refusal to obscure the sexuality of their chararcters. Some tales come from canonical, widely known authors (Whitman, Chopin, Wilde, Cather), while others emerge from obscurer and less recognized writers (Thanet, Cooke, Bunner). Some are tragic and self-critical, clearly the byproducts of when they were written. Others are lightly comedic or triumphant, bucking the conventions of the time. Throughout each story, however, persists a desire to represent the seemingly unrepresentable, finding expression for the “love that dare not speak its name.” - Summary by ChuckW

Genre(s): Anthologies

Language: English

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 The Child's Champion Walt Whitman Etext Tasha C Mapes
00:24:18 en
Play 02 In the Tules Bret Harte Etext Cavaet
00:39:25 en
Play 03 The Falling in Love of Fedora Kate Chopin Etext Tasha C Mapes
00:06:45 en
Play 04 The Man who thought Himsek a Woman Anonymous Etext Yuhan L Jiang
00:49:27 en
Play 05 Pearl Hunting in the Pomonous Charles Warren Stoddard Etext whisperintoearth
00:27:52 en
Play 06 Twin Love Bayard Taylor Etext VachaT
00:38:24 en
Play 07 Portrait of W.H. Chapter 1 Oscar Wilde Etext Philip Erickson
00:30:15 en
Play 08 Portrait of W.H. Chapter 2 & 3 Oscar Wilde Etext Philip Erickson
00:29:28 en
Play 09 Felipa Constance Fenimore Woolson Etext Anamika
00:52:31 en
Play 10 My Visitation Part 1 Rose Terry Cooke Etext WendyKatzHiller
00:29:51 en
Play 11 My Visitation Part 2 Rose Terry Cooke Etext WendyKatzHiller
00:34:49 en
Play 12 A Scrap of Paper part 1 Arnold Lunn Etext Chuck Williamson
00:43:57 en
Play 13 A Scrap of Paper part 2 Arnold Lunn Etext Chuck Williamson
00:44:18 en
Play 14 The Man who became a Woman part 1 Sherwood Anderson Etext ashleighjane
00:47:49 en
Play 15 The Man who became a Woman part 2 Sherwood Anderson Etext ashleighjane
00:46:37 en
Play 16 Out of the Deeps Elizabeth Stoddard Etext Tomas Peter
00:23:16 en
Play 17 There and Now Alice Brown Etext Nancy Halper
00:35:05 en
Play 18 Marjorie Daw Thomas Bailey Aldrich Etext Christine Rottger
00:48:01 en
Play 19 Two Friends Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Etext Colleen McMahon
00:26:56 en
Play 20 Martha's Lady Sarah Orne Jewett Etext EliseDee
00:38:33 en
Play 21 My Lorelei: A Heidelberg Romance Octave Thanet Etext PinewoodMists
00:46:00 en
Play 22 Our Aromatic Uncle Henry Cuyler Bunner Etext Joanna Schreck
00:34:31 en
Play 23 The True Story Of A Vampire Count Stanislaus Eric Stenbock Etext Tomas Peter
00:21:16 en
Play 24 The Heart’s Desire Sui Sin Far Etext Tasha C Mapes
00:04:47 en
Play 25 Two Gentlemen of Kentucky" (part one) James Lane Allen Etext Mark Nelson
00:45:56 en
Play 26 Two Gentlemen of Kentucky" (part two) James Lane Allen Etext Mark Nelson
00:22:41 en
Play 27 A Boy's Discovery Robert Menzies McAlmon Etext Donald Cummings
00:18:58 en
Play 28 Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament Willa Sibert Cather Etext WendyKatzHiller
01:04:19 en
Play 29 The Prussian Officer (Chapter 1) D. H. Lawrence Etext VachaT
00:25:00 en
Play 30 The Prussian Officer (Chapter 2) D. H. Lawrence Etext VachaT
00:27:43 en
Play 31 "Aquae Multae Non––" (Part I) Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson Etext Devan Tatlow
00:30:16 en
Play 32 "Aquae Multae Non––" (Part 2) Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson Etext Devan Tatlow
00:36:30 en