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Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1981 with five friends, still one of the world’s largest provider of services to those with AIDS. In 1987, he founded ACT UP, the AIDS advocacy and protest organization, which has been responsible for the development and release of almost every life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS. He is the author of The Normal Heart, which was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Plays of the Twentieth Century by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and is the longest running play in the history of the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater. He is also the author of The Destiny of Me, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won an Obie and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play. Both The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me are published by Samuel French. Mr. Kramer’s screenplay adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, a film he also produced, was nominated for an Academy Award. His writing about AIDS is published in Reports from the holocaust: the story of an AIDS activist, and The Tragedy of Today’s Gays. His novel, Faggots, is one of the bestselling of all gay novels. He is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and he was the first openly gay person and the first creative artist to be honored by an award from Common Cause. The American People, which Kramer has been working on since 1975 and is now some 4000 pages long, will be published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. Kramer is the recent winner of a 2013 PEN Literary Award, receiving the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Master American Dramatist. A graduate of Yale, Kramer lives in New York and Connecticut with his lover, architect/designer David Webster.


Samuel French Titles by Larry Kramer