Yet how to make sense of the choices offered? What do gay men need to read? What books have shaped the gay heart, mind, and soul? 'The Gay Canon' gives its readers answers to these questions. Not only does it list the one hundred great gay books that have influenced writers and continue to shape the gay imagination, it also provides a deeper, more comprehensive look at the twenty-six most seminal works, each of which is followed by a series of useful group discussion questions. Reaching all the way back to Gilgamesh and continuing through classics like Leaves of Grass, Confessions of a Mask, and The Wild Boys, as well as more recent books like Borrowed Time, 'The Gay Canon' avoids impenetrable academic literary criticism in favor of a more popular introduction for general readers and book groups.