This is the cover of the 40th anniversary copy of Esquire magazine from October 1973 which had a fold-out montage of all the literary contributors to its pages. It is a very clever piece of cut and paste for the time and stuffed full of some of the biggest names in literature. I thought it would be a bit of fun to hold back the key to all the names until you good folk have had a chance to try your guesses at who these people all are, handily numbered in the photo so if you want to have a guess in the comments below feel free. I was struck both by the fact that the group contains just two women but also by how many of these men were gay, not a bad proportion really.
No prizes, just some fun if you fancy it.
UPDATE: Thank you to all who had a go either in the comments or by email to me or just privately at home.. but particularly to those willing to stick their neck out in public, it's much appreciated. The key is now posted below the scans of the cover - don't kick yourselves too hard if you got any wrong... just a bit of fun!