Adam Mars-Jones was born in London, England, on October 26, 1954. His early education, which included instruction in Greek and Latin, shows in his impeccable prose style. He became aware of being gay at an early age. His stern father, a High Court judge who “anathematized” homosexuals, created his most serious adolescent crisis. It was many years before he finally admitted he was gay to his father and much longer before his father accepted it.
Mars-Jones caught critical attention with the publication of Lantern Lecture, and Other Stories in 1981, published in the United States as Fabrications. These stories were distinguished by the author’s zany humor, imagination, and irreverence. When the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic hit England and began to decimate his gay friends, Mars-Jones realized that here was a subject worthy of his serious attention. In 1985 he discovered the work of the gay American writer Edmund White, and they became friends. They jointly published a collection of their stories dealing with the tragedies of lovers whose lives were destroyed by AIDS.
Mars-Jones has become a leading crusader for tolerance and better medical treatment for homosexuals. He earns part of his living by writing film and book reviews and is becoming increasingly popular as a fiction writer on both sides of the Atlantic.