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Paul Monette, West of Yesterday, East of Summer

Paul Landry Monette (October 16, 1945 – February 10, 1995) was an American author, poet, and activist best remembered for his essays about gay relationships.[1]



Monette was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from Phillips Academy in 1963 and Yale University in 1967. Conflicted about his sexual identity, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught writing and literature at Milton Academy for a number of years before moving to West Hollywood, a neighbourhood in Los Angeles which has a large population of gay men, in 1978 with his romantic partner, lawyer Roger Horwitz. Monette's most acclaimed book, Borrowed Time, chronicles Horwitz's fight against and eventual death from AIDS. His 1992 memoir, Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, tells of his life in the closet before coming out, culminating with his meeting Horwitz in 1974.[2] Becoming a Man won the 1992 National Book Award in the nonfiction category.[3] Monette also wrote the novelizations of the 1988 film Midnight Run, the 1979 film Nosferatu the Vampyre, the 1987 film Predator and 1983 film Scarface.

Monette's last years, before his own AIDS-related death, are chronicled in the film named after him, Paul Monette: On the Brink of Summer's End by Monte Bramer and Lesli Klainberg.[4] "By the end of his life, Monette had healed most of his psychic wounds, but his rage persisted."[5] Monette died in Los Angeles, California, where he lived with his partner of five years, Winston Wilde.[6] Monette was survived by his lover, Winston Wilde; his father, Paul Monette Sr., and his brother, Robert Monette who remains the appointed Trustee of the Monette Horwitz Trust.[7][8]


  • Monette, Paul (1975). The Carpenter at the Asylum (Poetry). Boston: Little, Brown. 
  • Monette, Paul (1978). Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0316578215. 
  • Monette, Paul, The Gold Diggers, Los Angeles, New York, Alyson Classics Library, 1979, isbn 1555834582
  • Monette, Paul (1981). The Long Shot. New York: Avon Books. ISBN 0380768283. 
  • Monette, Paul (1988). Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. ISBN 0151135983. 
  • Monette, Paul (1989). Love Alone: Eighteen Elegies for Rog (Poetry). New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312014724. 
  • Monette, Paul (1990). Afterlife. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0517573393. 
  • Monette, Paul (1991). Halfway Home. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0517583291. 
  • Monette, Paul (1992). Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. ISBN 0151115192. 
  • Monette, Paul (1994). Last Watch of the Night (a collection of essays). San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. ISBN 0156002027. 
  • Monette, Paul (1995). West of Yesterday, East of Summer: New and Selected Poems, 1973-93. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312136161. 
  • Monette, Paul (1997). Sanctuary, A Tale of Life in the Woods. New York: Scribner. ISBN 0684832860. 


  1. ^ Wilde, Winston Legacies of Love, The Haworth Press, ISBN: 978 156023 664 1, p174
  2. ^ Martinez, Gerard (2005-10-11). "Becoming a Man looks at difficulties of gay lifestyle". The Daily Texan. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  3. ^ National Book Foundation (2007) (.PDF). The National Book Awards: Winners & Finalists, Since 1950. National Book Foundation. p. 51. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  4. ^ Monte Bramer; Lesli Klainberg (1996). "Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (1998-02-06). "Paul Monette: More Active and Angry on the Way to the End". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  6. ^ "One Person’s Truth: The Life and Work of Paul Monette". UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  7. ^ Esther B. Fein (February 12, 1995). "Paul Monette, 49, Who Wrote of AIDS, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  8. ^ "About the Monette-Horwitz Trust". The Paul Monette - Roger Horwitz Trust. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 

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