Pages passed from hand to hand : the hidden tradition of homosexual literature in English from 1748 to 1914 / edited and with an introduction by Mark Mitchell and David Leavitt.

Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
xix, 458 pages ; 24 cm


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There have been several recent anthologies of twentieth-century gay fiction, but Mark Mitchell and David Leavitt's book is the first to explore the texts that circulated before the genre of "gay fiction" came into being, and before greater tolerance allowed writers to treat homosexual themes directly. The result is both an entertaining and a revelatory anthology, and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the literary treatment of homosexuality.
  • from The Adventures of Roderick Random / Tobias Smollett
  • from Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure / John Cleland
  • from The History of Henry Dumont, Esq. / Charlotte Cibber Charke
  • "I and My Chimney" / Herman Melville
  • from Joseph and His Friend: A Story of Pennsylvania / Bayard Taylor
  • from South Sea Idyls: "In a Transport" / Charles Warren Stoddard
  • from Marius the Epicurean / Walter Pater
  • A Marriage Below Zero / Alan Dale (pseudonym of Alfred J. Cohen)
  • from Tim: A Story of Eton / Howard Overing Sturgis
  • from Tales of Soldiers and Civilians: "The Mocking-Bird" / Ambrose Bierce
  • "Collaboration" / Henry James
  • from Teleny; or The Reverse of the Medal / Anonymous
  • "Boris Orloff" / Edwin Emanuel Bradford
  • "The Priest and the Acolyte" / John Francis Bloxam
  • from Studies of Death: Romantic Tales: "Hylas," "Narcissus," "The True Story of a Vampire" / Stanislaus Eric, Count Stenbock
  • from The Golden Age: "The Roman Road" / Kenneth Grahame --
  • "In Praise of Billy B." / Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo
  • from The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains: "Em'ly" / Owen Wister
  • from The Challoners / Edward Frederic Benson
  • from The Romance of a Choir-Boy: "A Catalogue" / John Gambril Nicholson
  • from The Troll Garden: "The Sculptor's Funeral" / Willa Cather
  • from The Hill: A Romance of Friendship: "A Revelation" / Horace Annesley Vachell
  • "Evensong and Morwe Song" / Charles Kenneth Scott-Moncrieff
  • from The Chronicles of Clovis: "Tobermory" / Saki (pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro)
  • "The Better End: Conclusion of a chapter from the unpublished novel, What Percy Knew, by H*nr*J*m*s" / Louis Umfreville Wilkinson
  • from Her Enemy, Some Friends - and Other Personages: Stories & Studies Mostly of Human Hearts: "Out of the Sun" / Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson
  • "The Prussian Officer" / David Herbert Lawrence
  • from Desert Dreamers / Patrick Weston (pseudonym of Gerald Bernard Francis Hamilton) --
  • from Maurice / Edward Morgan Forster.
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  • 0395837057 (paper)
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