Edited Collection on Patricia Nell Warren

Next year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Patricia Nell Warren’s The Front Runner. Submissions are sought for an essay collection to commemorate Patricia Nell Warren. Essays on nearly any aspect on Warren’s life and works would be welcome. If you’re interested, please contact Nikolai Endres ( Below are some essay ideas:

  • Biographical information, personal testimonies, friendships
  • The Front Runner: athletics and homosexuality (the last taboo?), college life, fan mail, global reception (definitely needed), Olympic Games, and homosexuality
  • The Fancy Dancer: Catholicism, small-town homosexuality, Native American heritage
  • The Beauty Queen: right-wing politics, evangelicals, S/M, pre-AIDS, censorship
  • All of the above novels: relationship to other gay novels, such as Gordon Merrick’s Peter and Charlie trilogy, Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, or Larry Kramer’s Faggots
  • Harlan’s Race: AIDS, Moral Majority, the Bible
  • Billy’s Boy: queer science fiction, teenage sexuality, intergenerational relationships, high school life, parenting
  • The Wild Man: Hemingway, the torero’s queerness, post-fascist Spain, wildlife conservation
  • One Is the Sun: Mayan spirituality, paganism, matriarchy, animals, the West, history as written by the defeated
  • Warren’s Ukrainian poetry: the current war, Ukrainian heritage, communism
  • The Front Runner movie: “the most celebrated failure to produce a film from gay fiction” (Vito Russo, The Celluloid Closet), models, dated?