In Honour of a Forerunner. The First Gay Novel in Modern World Literature

(Bonny Wassing & Marc Nassau-Woodworth) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2016, № 24, PP. 295-297

In 1904, twenty-three year old Jacob de Haan wrote, under his own name, a novel in the naturalistic style of the French writer Emile Zola. He depicted the day-to-day life of two men who lived in the Amsterdam neighbourhood, the Pijp. The only difference with many novels from that era is that the two men had a sexual relationship. It is known as the first book ever in Dutch and in world literature – and unlike pornography – in which an author wrote a book so clearly about two men who were involved in a same sex relationship.

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