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- Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll, 1978
- The Gold Diggers, 1979
- The Long Shot, 1981
- Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, 1988
- Love Alone: Eighteen Elegies for Rog, 1988
- Afterlife, 1990
- Halfway Home, 1991
- Becoming a Man: Half a Life's Story, 1992
- Last Watch of the Night, 1994
- West of Yesterday, East of Summer: New and Selected Poems, 1994
- Sanctuary, 1995
Paul Monette (1945 - 1995)
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Paul Monette is one of the essential writers of what might be termed the gay identity movement and of the era of AIDS.
Monette was born in a well-off family in New England and grew up in the repressive 1950s (as he would later lament). He was a star student and as a young adult taught English at prep schools. Finally sickening of the closet, he moved to southern California in the 1970s, a setting that strongly influenced his life and work.
He began the writing life as a poet; his poetry is collected in "West of Yesterday, East of Summer." Between 1978 and 1981 he established himself with three lighter novels about gay life and identity. In 1985, his longtime partner Roger Horwitz became ill from AIDS; he died in October 1986, leaving Monette HIV-positive and utterly changed as an artist.
The results are a loose set of three autobiographical works, "Becoming a Man," "Borrowed Time," and "Last Watch of the Night" (that's in chronological order, not order of writing), and two novels that movingly examine living with AIDS. He won the National Book Award for "Becoming A Man" and was widely honored by both the gay and literary communities. He was also active in protesting the U.S. government's indifference to AIDS research. His last book, "Sanctuary," was conceived as a first contribution to a universal gay mythology. Monette died of an AIDS-related illness in February 1995.
Other works of interest include a chapter in the anthology "Gay Soul" and the excellent documentary "Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End" by Monte Bramer, from which this short bio is drawn.