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Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love
By (author): Naomi Wolf
9780544274020 Hardcover, Cloth over boards English HISTORY / Social History Jun 18, 2019 Print Run: 35000
$42.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 0 in 304 pages 22 b-w photos run-in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The best-selling author ofVagina,Give Me Liberty, andThe End of America illuminates a dramatic buried story of gay history—how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting down to our day

Until 1857, the State did not link the idea of “homosexuality” to deviancy. In the same year, the concept of the “obscene” was coined.New York Times best-selling author Naomi Wolf’sOutrages is the story, brilliantly told, of why this two-pronged State repression took hold—first in England and spreading quickly to America—and why it was attached so dramatically, for the first time, to homosexual men.

Before 1857 it wasn’t “homosexuality” that was a crime, but simply the act of sodomy. But in a single stroke, not only was love between men illegal, but anything referring to this love became obscene, unprintable, unspeakable. Wolf paints the dramatic ways this played out among a bohemian group of sexual dissidents, including Walt Whitman in America and the closeted homosexual English critic John Addington Symonds—in love with Whitman’s homoerotic voice in Leaves of Grass—as, decades before the infamous 1895 trial of Oscar Wilde, dire prison terms became the State’s penalty for homosexuality.

Most powerfully, Wolf recounts how a dying Symonds helped write the book on “sexual inversion” that created our modern understanding of homosexuality. And she convinces that his secret memoir, mined here fully for the first time, stands as the first gay rights manifesto in the west.

NAOMI WOLF is the author most recently ofVagina,Give Me Liberty, andThe End of America, allNew York Times bestsellers, and of the landmark international bestsellerThe Beauty Myth.

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