Partner Vincent Virga

Queer Places:
Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, Stati Uniti
145 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
101 North Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Errew, Garracloon, Co. Mayo, Ireland

James McCourt (born July 4, 1941) is a gay[1] American-born writer and novelist who was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens.[2] McCourt has been with his life partner, novelist Vincent Virga,[3] since 1964 [4] after they met at Yale University as graduate students in the Yale School of Drama.[4] McCourt's and Virga's papers are held[5] at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

McCourt is best known for his extravagant novel Mawrdew Czgowchwz (1975), about a fictional opera diva, and his 2003 nonfiction book Queer Street, about gay life in New York City after World War II. His novel, Now Voyagers (2007), is the first in a series of projected sequels to Mawrdew Czgowchwz.


Yale University, New Haven, CT


Errew, Garracloon, Co. Mayo, Ireland


Enniscoe House, Co. Mayo, Ireland


101 North Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

McCourt has garnered praise from critics Susan Sontag and Harold Bloom and has recently been championed by author Dennis Cooper. Sontag directed McCourt's first novel, Mawrdew Czgowchwz, to her publisher's attention,[3] while Bloom named a later work, Time Remaining to his influential Western Canon.[6][7] Mawrdew Czgowchwz was brought back in print in 2002 with a new introduction by Wayne Koestenbaum.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/James_McCourt_(writer)