(SOLD): GARLAND, Rodney. Heart in Exile.
(London): W.H. Allen, 1953. First edition. Octavo. 296 pages. The first modern detective story is often thought to be Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, a short story published in 1841 that introduced the world to private detective Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, but it took over a hundred years for the first gay male detective to surface in literature as anything other than an implied villain or victim. The Heart in Exile introduces Dr. Anthony Page as he investigates the mysterious death of Julian Leclerc, a former lover. His investigations take him into London’s homosexual underground from West-End pubs and parties to the seedier enclaves of a still derelict Islington, from the informal queer circles of London club-land to the cruising grounds of the metropolis. Throughout the novel Page maps the structures of contemporary queer life. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket, both with some foxing. Scarce in dust jacket. A nice copy of this ground-breaking classic of gay fiction, and the first gay detective story.