The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Posted on by Zoe Guttenplan

The subject of homosexuality in the 19th century has become rather contentious in recent years. While researching her 2019 book Outrages, Naomi Wolf misread court reports, leading her to claim erroneously that executions for sodomy continued late into the century. The controversy over the authenticity of Roger Casement’s ‘Black Diaries’ has now shifted to a […]

Walks on the Wild Side

Posted on by Zoe Guttenplan

Two cognate books depict London’s gay scene in the years before the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. Peter Parker paints a wide historical canvas while Hugo Greenhalgh is a miniaturist. Both books have a provocative and mordant humour. Yet even when they celebrate irrepressible spirits, they dismay

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