Clocking in at three hours and 32 minutes, William Wyler’s Technicolor epic Ben-Hur is the behemoth entry at the 32nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held on today in 1960, on the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Setting an Oscar document, the film swept 11 of the 12 categories during which it was nominated, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor . And but, the romance writer in me nonetheless yearned for a unique ultimate scene. One that doesn’t result in the senseless, premature death of young lovers.

The only novel by the good Oscar Wilde will not be overtly gay, however there’s loads of gay subtext there for the careful reader – about as much homosexual subtext as a well-liked creator may get away with in 1891. Steven Spielberg directed the 1985 adaptation of the movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey and earned several Oscar nominations. A revelation when it was printed in 1982, Alice Walker’s novel delves into the intersections of race, gender, family, and sexuality in Georgia circa 1930. Below, see The Advocate’s rating of the most effective LGBTQ+ novels ever written. In July 2020, Sine Theta magazine, a literary journal targeted on writing from the Sino diaspora profiled me and my writing. In 2018, I had the honour of interviewing actors Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and director Jon Chu throughout their publicity tour for the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

Five years within the making, “The Diagnosis” is thicker and extra bold than the shorter works like “Einstein’s Dreams” and “Good Benito” that secured his status as in imaginative and authentic writer. Carl Hanser is the publisher that has run with the shortlisted ball, being the house behind three of the six shortlisted titles. Said to demonstrate ‘an immense delight and expertise in storytelling,’ the German Book Prize shortlist will yield a winner on October 18. Condemning others whereas behaving badly gave the impression to be a specialty of the early 1950s. Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist campaign was ruining lives with sensational and unsubstantiated allegations.

When she is not writing in her favourite coffee store, Farrah spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favourite Broadway exhibits. An admitted sports activities fanatic, she feeds her dependancy to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons. E. M. Delafield’s largely autobiographical novel takes the form of a journal written by an upper-middle-class woman living in a Devonshire village.

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Well forward of its time, Leslie Feinberg’s 1993 Stone Butch Blues, about Jess Goldberg, a butch working-class lesbian, took huge strides in breaking down the gender binary. A story that’s each hopeful in Jess’s dedication to forge an identification and heartrending in its depiction of violence towards her for her daring to be herself, Stone Butch Blues endures as important to the queer canon. Feinberg, whose bio reads “writer and transgender activist,” would in later years turn into identified more for activism, but the landmark novel about Jess’s refusal to suit into a prescribed field for gender is arguably Feinberg’s legacy. A quietly devastating exploration of love, loneliness, and the often-crushing weight of adult responsibilities, 1962’s A Single Man may simply be considered one of Isherwood’s most beloved works. The brief novel — under 200 pages — tracks the experiences of an getting older faculty professor in Los Angeles.

In 1951, McCarthy accused former Secretary of State Gen. George Marshall of a “conspiracy on a scale so immense as to dwarf any previous such venture in the historical past of man,” arguing that his Marshall Plan was helping and appeasing the country’s enemies. In 1950, the National Security Council paper NSC sixty eight suggested a massive buildup of navy power in response to the risk of the Soviet Union. Unreliable as a narrator, he talks in populist clichés – saying things like “haste makes waste” and “every cloud has a silver lining! ” – while confiding within the reader that he “should have been a university professor or one thing like that.” He sometimes references his “sickness,” hinting he’s schizophrenic, but he reveals no indicators of psychosis – solely psychopathy. Saul leaves to study in communist East Berlin, two months earlier than the Wall comes down.

Yet he soon learns that in this society, friendships are compromised, and loyalty isn’t absolute. And because the regime’s authority falters, he finds himself uncomfortably, then dangerously, near the attention of the storm. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader by way of a captivating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, amorous affairs and treacheries that led to Falk’s incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, within the name of artwork. As we observe her journey through childhood and adolescence, we enter into one of the darker passages of twentieth-century history.

Selma Lagerlöf, “the nice novelist” to whom she referred grew to become the primary feminine Nobel laureate after successful the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909. A writer who works were translated into 50 languages, she died in March, 1940, without knowing whether or not she had efficiently helped the Jewish poet and her mom escape the Nazi death camps. In truth, they escaped by the pores and skin of their teeth on the last aircraft to Stockholm out of Berlin. The narrative, which begins with a visit to the Outback, soon breaks for new territory, utilizing Aboriginal song as a metaphor for the evolution of human culture—about which Chatwin had strange, beautiful theories. “After studying this book, you could be convinced that the land you step on, whether or not at home or overseas, is alive with stories which we have to respect and hear for,” says Julia Alvarez, who regularly gives it to traveling friends.