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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

HISTORY XXII.--T.J., aged 50; man of letters. Height 5 feet 7 

inches; weight 10 stone, but formerly much less. Belongs to an 

entirely normal family, all married and with children. 

 

"Owing to the fact that my mother suffered from some malady the 

whole period of gestation prior to my birth, I came into the 

world so puny a child, so ill-nourished, that for some time the 

doctors despaired of my life. Till the age of puberty, though 

never ill, I suffered greatly from delicate health. I was 

abnormally sensitive and all my affections and passions 

extraordinarily developed. Owing to my brothers being much older 

than myself I was thrown into the society of my sister. Till 8 

years old she was my chief playmate. With her I played with dolls 

and abandoned myself wholly to the delights of an imaginary land 

which was much more real to me than the world around me. I never 

remember learning to read, but at 5 the _Arabian Nights_ and 

Kingsley's _Hereward the Wake_ were my favorite books. Living in 

the country the society of other children was difficult to 

obtain. My whole affections centered in my father, my mother 

having died when I was a child. This affection for my father was 

rather a morbid passion which absorbed my life. I dared not leave 

his side for fear of a final separation from him. I would wake 

him when asleep to see if he still lived. To this day, though he 

died twenty-six years ago, his memory haunts me. 

 

"My first abnormal desires were connected with him. I had seen 

him occasionally micturating in the garden alleys or out in the 

country. These occasions excited me terribly, and I would, if 

possible, wait till he had gone, and touch the humid leaves, 

drawing a terrible pleasure from the contact. Afterward, though 

he never suspected it, desire for him became a consuming passion, 

and I remember on one occasion, when on a holiday, I occupied the 

same bed with him, the excitement of his propinquity brought on 

such a formidable attack of heart palpitation that my father 

called in the family physician on our return home. Needless to 

say my heart was found quite sound. The desire still remains 

after all these years, and nothing excites me more even now than 

the memory of my father in his morning bath. 

 

"The whole world for me in my early childhood was peopled with 

imaginary beings. While still a young child I would invent 

stories and relate them to any listener I could find, one such 

story lasting three years. I was an omnivorous reader, but my 

favorite reading was poetry. At 7 I could repeat the greater part 

of Longfellow's poems; Scott followed; then Milton captivated me 

when I was 14; then came Tennyson, Arnold, Swinburne, and Morris. 

Later came the Greek and Latin poets. From 7 years on I wrote 

verses to my father. Till 8 years I was excessively timid of the 

dark and, indeed, of all loneliness. This passed, however, and 

developed into an extreme sensitiveness of seeing or meeting 

people. Even on a country road I would walk miles out of my way 

to avoid meeting the ordinary yokel. At this period my day-dreams 

were my favorite occupation. Even to the present day my visions 

take up the greater part of my life. Though timid I was not 

wanting in courage. At an early age I would fight boys even older 

than myself. Later I have risked my life many times in various 

parts of Europe. As regards sports, I can do a little of 

everything: swimming, riding, fencing, shooting,--a little of 

each. Cricket and football I also played passably, but sports 

never interested me much. Literature became and is the passion 

of my life and for some years has remained my sole occupation. 

 

"At 8 years the sexual inversion began to manifest itself, though 

till I had attained 10 years of age I was practically quite 

innocent. At 8 years of age, my family removed to another country 

and I made the acquaintance of a little boy who attracted me 

sexually. We masturbated in company, without any reason except 

the pleasure of seeing each other exposed. Then I had connection 


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