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James Barr, Quatrefoil

Quatrefoil (Greenberg, 1950) is a novel that obviously meant much to the gay community when it was first published, but is, in hindsight, overwritten, overwrought, and peopled with characters that seldom break through the fictional veneer. The ending is weak and depressingly conventional for a work of gay fiction. Quatrefoil meets all the guidelines for popular romantic fiction of the day, with a gay couple substituting for the typical hero and heroine.