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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION-1.1
INTRODUCTION-1.2
INTRODUCTION-1.3
INTRODUCTION-1.4
INTRODUCTION-1.5
INTRODUCTION-1.6
INTRODUCTION-1.7
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2
THE STUDY OF SEXUAL INVERSION
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-3
HISTORY-1-2-3-4
HISTORY-5
HISTORY-6
HISTORY-7-8
HISTORY-9
HISTORY-10-11-12
HISTORY-13-14
HISTORY-15
HISTORY-16-17-18-19
HISTORY-20
HISTORY-21 (begin)
HISTORY-21 (end)
HISTORY-22-23-24
HISTORY-25
HISTORY-26
HISTORY-27
HISTORY-28-29-30-31-32
HISTORY-33
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-3
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-4
HISTORY-34-35-36-37
HISTORY-38
HISTORY-39.1
HISTORY-39.2
HISTORY-39.3
HISTORY-39.4
FOOTNOTES
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-4
FOOTNOTES
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
CONCLUSIONS-1
CONCLUSIONS-2
CONCLUSIONS-3
CONCLUSIONS-4
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B-1
APPENDIX B-2-3-4
INDEX OF AUTHORS

individuals who live in freedom, some of them suffering intensely from 

their abnormal organization, but otherwise ordinary members of society. In 

a few cases we are concerned with individuals whose moral or artistic 

ideals have widely influenced their fellows, who know nothing of the 

peculiar organization which has largely molded those ideals. 

 

I am indebted to several friends for notes, observations, and 

correspondence on this subject, more especially to one, referred to as 

"Z.," and to another as "Q.," who have obtained a considerable number of 

reliable histories for me, and have also supplied many valuable notes; to 

"Josiah Flynt" (whose articles on tramps in _Atlantic Monthly_ and 

_Harper's Magazine_ have attracted wide attention) for an appendix on 

homosexuality among tramps; to Drs. Kiernan, Lydston, and Talbot for 

assistance at various points noted in the text; and to Dr. K., an American 

woman physician, who kindly assisted me in obtaining cases, and has also 

supplied an appendix. Other obligations are mentioned in the text. 

 

All those portions of the book which are of medical or medico-legal 

interest, including most of the cases, have appeared during the last three 

years in the _Alienist and Neurologist_, the _Journal of Mental Science_, 

the _Centralblatt fuer Nervenheilkunde_, the _Medico-legal Journal_, and 

the _Archivo delle Psicopatie Sessuale_. The cases, as they appear in the 

present volume, have been slightly condensed, but nothing of genuine 

psychological interest has been omitted. Owing to some delay in the 

publication of the English edition of the work, a German translation by my 

friend, Dr. Hans Kurella, editor of the _Centralblatt fuer 

Nervenheilkunde_, has already appeared (1896) in the _Bibliothek fuer 

Sozialwissenschaft_. The German edition contains some matter which has 

finally been rejected from the English edition as of minor importance; on 

the other hand, much has been added to the English edition, and the whole 

carefully revised. 

 

I have only to add that if it may seem that I have unduly ignored the 

cases and arguments brought forward by other writers, it is by no means 

because I wish to depreciate the valuable work done by my predecessors in 

this field. It is solely because I have not desired to popularize the 

results previously reached, but simply to bring forward my own results. If 

I had not been able to present new facts in what is perhaps a new light, I 

should not feel justified in approaching the subject of sexual inversion 

at all. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS 

 

 

CHAPTER I. 

 

INTRODUCTION. 

 

Homosexuality Among Animals--Among the Lower Human Races--The 

Albanians--The Greeks--The Eskimos--The Tribes of the Northwest United 

States--Homosexuality Among Soldiers in Europe--Indifference Frequently 

Manifested by European Lower Classes--Sexual Inversion at 

Rome--Homosexuality in Prisons--Among Men of Exceptional Intellect and 

Moral Leaders--Muret--Michelangelo--Winkelmann--Homosexuality in English 

History--Walt Whitman--Verlaine--Burton's Climatic Theory of 

Homosexuality--The Racial Factor--The Prevalence of Homosexuality Today. 

 

 

CHAPTER II. 

 

THE STUDY OF SEXUAL INVERSION. 

 

Westphal--Hoessli--Casper--Ulrichs--Krafft-Ebing--Moll--Fere--Kiernan-- 

Lydston--Raffalovich--Edward Carpenter--Hirschfeld. 

 

 

CHAPTER III. 

 

SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN. 

 

Relatively Undifferentiated State of the Sexual Impulse in Early Life--The 

Freudian View--Homosexuality in Schools--The Question of Acquired 

Homosexuality--Latent Inversion--Retarded Inversion--Bisexuality--The 

Question of the Invert's Truthfulness--Histories. 

 

 

CHAPTER IV. 

 

SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN. 

 

Prevalence of Sexual Inversion Among Women--Among Women of 

Ability--Among the Lower Races--Temporary Homosexuality in Schools, 

etc.--Histories--Physical and Psychic Characteristics of Inverted 

Women--The Modern Development of Homosexuality Among Women. 

 

 

CHAPTER V. 

 

THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION. 

 

Analysis of Histories--Race--Heredity--General Health--First Appearance of 

Homosexual Impulse--Sexual Precocity and Hyperesthesia--Suggestion and 

Other Exciting Causes of Inversion--Masturbation--Attitude Toward 

Women--Erotic Dreams--Methods of Sexual Relationship--Pseudo-sexual 


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