Brannon saidI finally got around to reading 'Maurice' by EM Forster this year. Enjoyed it a lot, even though the writing style was a bit archaic.
"Archaic". Really? Good English is never archaic. Of what passes for literature today is too often merely lazy, trashy, vernacular, which is supposed to be "of the people," thus making it worthy. Gimme an effing break! Well-crafted English is a joy to read; one shouldn't let inability to appreciate color one's adjectives.
As to gay literature, a remarkably interesting novel on several levels is At Swim, Two Boys
, the title being a play on the title of one of the great books of the last 100 years At Swim-Two-Birds
, itself being the name of a ford on the River Shannon. Jamie O'Neill's book is slow starting, so stick with it for 30-40 pages until one masters the stream of consciousness style (much better done, i.e., accessible, than in Ulysses