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Andrew Holleran
(1944 - living) U.S.A.

Andrew Holleran

Novelist, essayist, and short story writer


Andrew Holleran is the pseudonym for Eric Garber, who was born in Aruba. He is a prominent novelist of post-Stonewall gay literature. He was a member of The Violet Quill, a gay writer's group that met briefly from 1980-81. The Violet Quill included other prolific gay writers like Edmund White and Felice Picano.

Little is known about this writer who uses only his pseudonym and who has guarded his anonimity to the extent that even his birth date remains unclear. Interviewed in the Publisher's Weekly in 1983, Holleran suggested that the well-to-do white charactes in his two novels Dancer from the Dance (1978) and Nights in Aruba (1983) reflect his own life.

Dancer from the Dance , his first novel, was published in 1978. Its narrative takes place among the discotheques of New York City and Fire Island, although it is Fire Island, with its literal distance from the mainland, that provides a pivotal backdrop for the novel. Dancer shares many of its locales, as well as its themes, with Faggots , Larry Kramer's novel, published in the same year.

Holleran was educated in a private prep school, served in the army in West Germany, and began studying law, but abandoned that in favour of doing Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. He graduated from Harvard College in 1965. He moved to New York in 1971. Especially his second novel reflects that history.

Holleran's second novel was Nights in Aruba (1983). His third is titled The Beauty of Men (1996). The Beauty of Men takes place in central Florida where the main character, a 47-year-old gay man, has gone to take care of his quadriplegic mother. Holleran's Grief: a Novel received the 2007 Stonewall Book Award.

His third volume, a collection of writings on AIDS-related topics entitled Ground Zero, reveals his preoccupation with the impact of AIDS, which was already beginning to be present in his second novel. He also wrote In September, the light changes (1996). He received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 2007.

For a number of years Holleran taught creative writing at American University in Washington, DC, and he continues to publish short fiction in gay short story collections like M2M: New Literary Fiction and frequently publishes articles in The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide .


Sources: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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