Originally Posted by Jaledin
Not really gay, I guess, but /the recognitions/ from 1954 or so did have Recktall Brown and Basil Valentine -- both major gay characters and both given choice lines. Not unsympathetic characters, not bad guys, not stereotypical mincing types.
Brown is the major villain of the novel. He's the one who corrupts Wyatt and gets him to betray his principles and become an art forger. How's he not the bad guy?