A novel about an aging gay man’s adventures abroad has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Literature.
Andrew Sean Greer’s Less chronicles the life of Arthur Less, a failed novelist on the cusp of turning 50. When Arthur skips town to avoid his ex-boyfriend’s wedding it leads to a life-changing trip around the world.
Greer’s sixth novel, it was published by Lee Boudreaux Books in July 2017 and made “best of the year” lists from The New York Times, Washington Post and Paris Review. LGBT advocates were quick to congratulate the openly gay author and sing the book’s praises.
The 47-year-old novelist wasn’t the only LGBT writer to win a Pulitzer: Ronan Farrow’s in-depth coverage of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal for The New Yorker was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
Earlier this month, Farrow received a Courage Award from The Point Foundation. In his acceptance speech he thanked the LGBT community “which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it. ”
The staff of The Washington Post won the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting for its investigation into sexual assault allegations against homophobic Alabama politician Roy Moore. And Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer, for his album Damn.