Seven Great Gay Couples In Literature

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In honor of same-sex marriage officially being legalized (a deeply divided Supreme Court on Friday delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live), we at Dimi Club Books have put together a list of some of the memorable same-sex romances in literature.

Clarissa Dalloway & Sally Seton in "Mrs. Dalloway"

Though she never outwardly admits to having romantic feelings for Sally Seton, Clarissa Dalloway mentions the kiss they shared 34 years ago one too many times for us to believe that she sees Sally as just a friend. There are great moments of flirtation between the two women that keep us enthralled each time we read Virginia Woolf's classic . If only Clarissa could have finally rid herself of boring old Mr. Dalloway and run away with Sally...

Harlan Brown & Billy Sive in "The Front Runner"

Patricia Nell Warren's novel, "The Front Runner," follows the story of closeted gay coach Harlan Brown's romance with his student Billy Sive. Their relationship develops when, over time, the teacher becomes the student, as Billy leads Harlan from his closeted life of self repression to openly expressing his true identity without the shame and secrecy that his followed him his whole life.

Charles Ryder & Sebastian Flyte in "Brideshed Revisited"

We're not exactly sure whether Charles and Sebastian were just good friends or a whole lot more, but nevertheless, the relationship strongly hints at romance. Dedicated fans point out lines like "our naughtiness [was] high on the catalogue of grave sins" to prove the romance was real, but author Evelyn Waugh never comes out and confirms it. Regardless, if fans do happen to be right, these two definitely have enough chemistry to be listed up there with other great gay romances.

Sam Clay & Tracy Bacon in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay"

Though the relationship lasts nearly no time at all, the affair between writer Sammy "Clay" Klayman and actor Tracy Bacon is simply unforgettable. Throughout Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 17-year-old Clay struggles with his sexuality as he delves into the world of film, and starts a compassionate and memorable relationship with Tracy, one that ends almost as soon as it began.

Jack Twist & Ennis del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain"

Before "Brokeback Mountain" was an Academy Award-nominated film, it was a short story about two married men hopelessly in love with each another. Annie Proulx's short, first published in "The New Yorker," follows the forbidden romance between Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar from the start of their relationship all the way to its bitter, untimely end.

Robin Vote & Nora Flood in "Nightwood"

The 1936 novel by Djuna Barnes focuses on the relationship between Robin Vote and Nora Flood, two women deeply in love with each other, yet pulled apart by the struggles that so many gay couples faced during that time period. The two are compassionate and complex characters, traits that make their romance one for the ages.

Therese & Carol in "The Price of Salt"

What starts out as a platonic relationship between two women living in New York City turns into one of the sweetest same-sex romances in literature. It takes Therese and Carol, both involved with different men at the time they meet, quite some time to admit their feelings for each other, but once they do, the romance Patricia Highsmith writes is both beautiful and realistic.

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