Here are five queer men who lived during the 20th century, and who helped define American literature with their writings. They were not the only ones, but for me they came to mind first. I have not read all of their works. I have never read Langston Hughes or William S. Burroughs, but I have their books on my shelf. Tis time. Tis time.
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) Naked Lunch
James Baldwin (1924-1987) Giovanni's Room
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) I Wonder as I Wander
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) Streetcar Named Desire
Truman Capote (1924-1984) Breakfast at Tiffany's