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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

well-known author, A.C. Benson), in which on somewhat Platonic 

lines the idea is worked out that the individual sufferer must 

pass "from the love of one fair form to the love of abstract 

beauty" and "from the contemplation of his own suffering to the 

consideration of the root of all human suffering." 

 

As regards the modern poetic literature of feminine homosexuality 

there is probably nothing to put beside the various 

volumes--pathetic in their brave simplicity and sincerity--of 

"Renee Vivien" (see _ante_, p. 200). Most other feminine singers 

of homosexuality have cautiously thrown a veil of heterosexuality 

over their songs. 

 

Novels of a more or less definitely homosexual tone are now very 

numerous in English, French, German, and other languages. In 

English the homosexuality is for the most part veiled and the 

narrative deals largely with school-life and boys in order that 

the emotional and romantic character of the relations described 

may appear more natural. Thus _Tim_, an anonymously published 

book by H.O. Sturgis (1891), described the devotion of a boy to 

an older boy at Eton and his death at an early age. _Jaspar 

Tristram_, by A.W. Clarke (1899), again, is a well-written story 

of a schoolboy friendship of homosexual tone; a boy is 

represented as feeling attraction to boys who are like girls, and 

a girl became attractive to the hero because she is like a boy 

and recalls her brother whom he had formerly loved. _The Garden 

God: A Tale of Two Boys_, by Forrest Reid (1905), is another 

rather similar book, in its way a charming and delicately written 

idyll. _Imre: A Memorandum_, (1906), by "Xavier Mayne" (the 

pseudonym of an American author, who has also written _The 

Intersexes_), privately issued at Naples, is a book of a 

different class; representing the frankly homosexual passion of 

two mutually attracted men, an Englishman who is supposed to 

write the story and a Hungarian officer; it embodies a notable 

narrative of homosexual development which is probably more or 

less real. 

 

In French there are a number of novels dealing with 

homosexuality, sometimes sympathetically, sometimes with artistic 

indifference, sometimes satirically. Andre Gide (in 

_L'Immoraliste_ and other books), Rachilde (Madame Vallette), 

Willy (in the well-known _Claudine_ series) may be mentioned, 

among other writers of more or less distinction, who have once or 

oftener dealt with homosexuality. Special reference should be 

made to the Belgian author George Eekhoud, whose _Escal-Vigor_ 

(prosecuted at Bruges on its publication) is a book of special 

power. The homosexual stories of Essebac, of which _L'Elu_ 

(1902) is considered the best, are of a romantic and sentimental 

character. _Lucien_ (1910), by Binet-Valmer, is a penetrating and 

scarcely sympathetic study of inversion. Nortal's _Les 

Adolescents Passionnes_ (already mentioned, p. 325) is a notably 

intimate and precise study of homosexuality in French schools. It 

would be easy to mention many others. 

 

 

In Germany during recent years many novels of homosexual 

character have been published. They are not usually, it would 

seem, of high literary character, but are sometimes notable as 

being more or less disguised narratives of real fact. Body's _Aus 

Eines Mannes Maedchenjahren_ is said to be a faithful 

autobiography. _Der Neue Werther: eine Hellenische 

Passions-geschichte_ by Narkissos (1902) is also said to be 

authentic. Another book that may be mentioned is Konradin's _Ein 

Junger Platos: Aus dem Leben eines Entgbeistes_ (1914). The 

German belletristic literature of homosexuality, as well as that 

of other countries, will be found adequately summarized and 

criticised by Numa Praetorius in the volumes of the _Jahrbuch fuer 

sexuelle Zwischenstufen_. See also Hirschfeld's _Die 

Homosexualitaet_, pp. 47 and 1018 et seq. 

 

 

 

 


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