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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

expression was a feebly sensuous interest in the physical 

character of boys--in their feminine resemblances especially. To 

this interest I opposed no discountenance; for wantonness with 

women under many and diverse conditions having long ago medicined 

my sexual conscience to lethargy, no access of reasons came to me 

now for its refreshment. On the other hand, intellectual delight 

in the promises of the new world, as well as sensuality, conduced 

to its deliberate exploration. Still, for a year, the yearning 

settled with true lust upon no object more concrete than youths 

whose only habitation was my fancy. 

 

"A young surgeon, having read my copy of _Psychopathia Sexualis_, 

fell one evening to discussing inverts with such relish that I 

inquired ingenuously if he himself was one. He colored, whether 

confirmatively or otherwise I could not guess, in spite of his 

vehement no. Presently he very subtly recanted his denial. But to 

his counter-question I maintained my own no, lest he propose some 

sexual act, a point the esthetics of my developing inversion 

would not yet concede, the boys of my imagination being still 

predominant. 

 

"One evening, soon after this, he convoyed me to several of the 

cafe's where inverts are accustomed to foregather. These trysting 

places were much alike: a long hall, with sparse orchestra at one 

end, marble-topped tables lining the walls, leaving the floor 

free for dancing. Round the tables sat boys and youths, Adonises 

both by art and nature, ready for a drink or a chat with the 

chance Samaritan, and shyly importunate for the pleasures for 

which, upstairs, were small rooms to let. One of the boys, 

supported by the orchestra, sang the 'Jewel Song' out of 

'_Faust_.' His voice had the limpid, treble purity of a 

clarinet, and his face the beauty of an angel. The song 

concluded, we invited him to our table, where he sat sipping neat 

brandy, as he mockingly encountered my book-begotten queries. The 

boy-prostitutes gracing these halls, he apprised us, bore 

fanciful names, some of well-known actresses, others of heroes in 

fiction, his own being Dorian Gray. Rivals, he complained, had 

assumed the same appellation, but he was the original Dorian; the 

others were jealous impostors. His curly hair was golden; his 

cheeks were pink; his lips, coral red, parted incessantly to 

reveal the glistening pearliness of his teeth. Yet, though 

deeming him the beautifulest youth in the world, I experienced no 

sexual interest either in him or in the other boys, who indeed 

were all beautiful--beauty was their chief asset. Dorian, 

further, dilated on the splendor of his female attire, satin 

corsets, low-cut evening gowns, etc., donned on gala nights to 

display his gleaming shoulders and dimpled, plump, white arms. 

Thus arrayed, he bantered, he would bewitch even me, now so 

impassive, until I should throw myself, in tears of happiness, 

into his loving embrace. 

 

"My first venture upon _fellatio_ was a month later, with the 

young surgeon. I confessed the whim to try it, and he acceded. 

Though this nauseous and fatiguing act, very imperfectly 

performed, was prompted mostly by curiosity, there arose soon a 

passional hankering for repetition. In short, appetence for 

_fellatio_ grew slowly from the night of that mawkish fiasco and 

waxed eventually into a sovereign want. 

 

"Perhaps miscarriage of that initiatory experiment was due to 

precipitance, incubation of my perverse instinct being not yet 

complete. A hiatus of a month now supervened, in which, while 

further _fellatio_ was not attempted, my mind came always nearer 

to a reconcilement with the grossness of the act, and began to 

discover for its creatures some correlation in pretty boys beheld 

in the flesh. One evening, in Broadway, I conceived suddenly a 

full-fledged desire for a youth issuing from an hotel as I 

passed. Our glances met and dwelled together. At a shop-window he 

first accosted me. He was an invert. With him, in his room at the 


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