Harlan Greene (born June 19, 1953) is an American writer and historian. He has published both fiction and non-fiction works. He won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction for his 1991 novel What the Dead Remember.

Early life

Born in 1953 in Charleston, South Carolina,[1][2] Greene’s parents were Holocaust survivors who moved to Charleston after World War II.[3]

Career

Greene is an author and historian.[3][4] He has published both fiction and non-fiction works.[4] He won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction for his 1991 novel What the Dead Remember,[2] and was nominated for the same award for his 2005 novel The German Officer’s Boy.[5]

In addition to his writing, Greene has worked as an archivist for the College of Charleston,[6] including collecting materials relating to Jewish history in the Charleston region.[3]

Personal life

Openly gay, Greene spent several years living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in early adulthood, with his then-partner Olin Jolley.[7][3] Greene and Jolley are featured in the anthology Two Hearts Desire: Gay Couples on their Love, originally published in 1997, and republished in digital format in 2017.[8] Greene now lives in Charleston with his partner Jonathan Ray.[3]

Books in order of publication:

  • Why We Never Danced the Charleston (1985)
  • What the Dead Remember (1991)
  • The German Officer’s Boy (2005)
  • Charleston: City of Memory (1987)
  • Mr. Skylark: John Bennett and the Charleston Renaissance (2001)
  • Renaissance in Charleston: Art and Life in the Carolina Low Country, 1900-1940 (2003)
  • Slave Badges and the Slave-Hire System in Charleston, South Carolina, 1783-1865 (2004)
  • Cornices of Charleston (2005)