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Michael Nelson (novelist)

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Pen name  Henry Stratton
Genre  Fiction Gay literature
Died  1990
Nationality  United Kingdom
Role  Novelist

Language  English
Name  Michael Nelson
Occupation  Novelist
Spouse  Rachel Holland

Notable works  A Room in Chelsea Square

Michael Nelson (1921-1990) was a British novelist best known for his 1958 gay novel A Room in Chelsea Square, originally published anonymously.


Early and personal life

Born in 1921, Nelson was a journalist before the World War II. He was the secretary to publisher John Lehmann during the war and served as a captain in the Royal Army Service Corps. Nelson later owned a bookstore in Winchester where he lived with his then-boyfriend. Nelson married Rachel Holland, who knew he was gay, and they remained married the rest of their lives. Nelson died in 1990.


Nelson’s first novel Knock or Ring (1957), which drew from his own experiences, was about a "ring" of booksellers who conspired to fix auctions. It received good reviews, but was never reprinted until its 2013 Valancourt Books edition.

Due to its explicit homosexual content, his second book, A Room in Chelsea Square (1958), was published anonymously. It is about a wealthy gentleman who lures an attractive younger man to London with the promise of an upper crust lifestyle and has been called a "gay classic." It has been reprinted several times. The 2013 Valancourt edition features a new introduction by Gregory Woods.

Nelson's other books are Blanket (1959) (published under the pseudonym "Henry Stratton"), When the Bed Broke (1961), Captain Blossom (1973), Captain Blossom Soldiers On (1974), Nobs & Snobs (1976), Captain Blossom in Civvy Street (1978), and Fear No More (1989).


Michael Nelson (novelist) Wikipedia

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