Harlan Greene

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Harlan Greene
Charleston, South Carolina
Occupationnovelist, historian, archivist
Notable worksWhat the Dead Remember, The German Officer's Boy

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[edit]

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


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[edit]

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]



  • Why We Never Danced the Charleston (1985, 978-0140082180)
  • What the Dead Remember (1991, ISBN 978-0452268654)
  • The German Officer's Boy (2005, ISBN 978-0299208103)



  1. ^ Emmanuel Sampath Nelson, Contemporary gay American novelists: a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook. Greenwood Press, 1993. ISBN 9780313280191. p. 172.
  2. ^ a b Sharon Malinowski, Gay & Lesbian Literature, Volume 1. St. James Press, 1994. ISBN 9781558621749. pp. 167, 475.
  3. ^ a b c d e Jameson Currier, "The Boy Who Started a War". The Jewish Daily Forward, May 6, 2005.
  4. ^ a b "Slave Tags Show Dark Glimpse of History". Associated Press, February 21, 2003.
  5. ^ "Lambda Literary Foundation Announces Finalists". Bookselling This Week, March 14, 2006.
  6. ^ "High-profile inmate a matter of course for Charleston brig". Knight Ridder Tribune News Service, June 13, 2002.
  7. ^ "Dr. Olin Jolley - 05 Aug 1996, Mon • Page 8". The Gaffney Ledger: 8. 1996. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  8. ^ Two Hearts Desire: Gay Couples on their Love Kindle Edition. Retrieved 22 September 2017.