The following is a list of biographies which contribute information or ideas about the role of Greek love in the lives of their subjects. It is necessarily selective as it is not an attempt at the uselessly gargantuan task of listing every biography of everyone known to have been involved in Greek love. General biographies of the famous are much more likely to be included if not superseded from a Greek love point of view by more specialist studies. Books devoted to biographical episodes, diaries and books of correspondence are included, as are books with only one or more chapters, provided those chapters are devoted to Greek love.
Many of the books listed under fiction are also predominantly autobiographical.
The books are arranged in chronological order of their subjects' dates of birth. All translations mentioned are into English.
Alkibiades, ca. 450-404 BC, Athenian general
Robert J. Littman, "The Loves of Alcibiades" in Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, Vol. 101 (1970), pp. 263-276. Analysis of all that is known of Alcibiades's liaisons, concluding that the one he had as a boy with Sokrates was probably sexual, and perhaps those with other men too.
Philip II, King of the Macedonians etc., 382-336 BC
B. Antela-Bernárdez, "Philip and Pausanias: A Deadly Love in Macedonian Politics" in The Classical Quarterly, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 2 (December 2012), pp. 859-861. A brief interpretation of the murder of Philip by his slighted former loved-boy, concluding that its ultimate cause was his weakness in the eyes of the nobility.
Alexander the Great, King of the Macedonians etc., 356-323 BC, conqueror.
Andrew Chugg, Alexander's Lovers, Milton Keynes, 2006. Review. An interesting but imperfect account of all Alexander's love affairs, which most unusually and admirably insists on the genuineness of both his heterosexual and homosexual loves.
Marcus Ulpius Traianus Augustus, Roman Emperor, AD 53-117
Julian Bennett, Trajan. Optimus Princeps, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001. A general biography which does no more than summarise what is known of the love life of the most exclusively boysexual of the Roman emperors.
Publius Aelius Hadrianus Augustus, Roman Emperor, AD 76-138.
J. Morwood, Hadrian, London, 2013. A lively and detailed general biography which gives the emperor's love affair with Antinous the importance it deserves within a study of his life.
See also under Antinous ca. 111-130.
Flavius Earinus, born ca. AD 77, living 94, Pergamese eunuch loved-boy of the Roman emperor Domitian.
H. Henriksén, “An Imperial Eunuch in the Light of the Poems of Martial and Statius” in Mnemosyne, 4th Series, Fasc. 3 (June 1997) pp. 281-94. A scholarly analysis of all that is known or can be deduced about Earinus.
Antinous, ca. 111-130, the Greek Bithynian boy loved and posthumously deified by the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
Royston Lambert, Beloved and God. The Story of Hadrian and Antinous, London, 1984. Full well-researched biographies of both man and boy, concentrating on their years together and on Antinous as a widely venerated god.
Jean-Claude Grenier, “L’Osiris Antinoos” in Cahiers Égypte Nilotique et Méditerranéenne, Montpellier, 2008, pp. 1-73. An extremely thorough and scholarly examination of most of the puzzles surrounding Antinous's life.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus "Elagabalus", Roman Emperor, ca. 204-222
J. Stuart Hay, The Amazing Emperor Heliogabalus, London, 1911. Available online. A Cambridge professor's thorough and lively biography. Though the Emperor's homosexual liaisons are discussed with a frankness and detail remarkable for the time of writing, this is a general biography only listed here because the subject's openly-expressed sexual passion as a boy for virile men was extraordinary by classical standards.
Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī, 756–814, Arabic poet
Ewald Wagner, Abu Nuwäs. Eine Studie zur arabischen Literatur der frühen Abbäsidenzeit, Wiesbaden, 1965. A thorough, exhaustively documented work of reference, which includes discussion of the poet's love of boys.
Philip F. Kennedy, Abu Nuwas. A Genius of Poetry, Oxford, 2005. Besides a short biography of Abu Nuwas, a study of each category of his poetry in its historical context, including the pederastic.
St. Aelred of Rievaulx, 1110-67, English abbot and writer
Brian Patrick McGuire, Brother and Lover: Aelred of Rievaulx, New York, 1994. An informally written biography attempting to make Aelred understandable, including a balanced approach to his feelings for the boy monk Simon.
Fakhr al-Dīn ʿIrāqī, 1213-89, Persian sufi master
[Anonymous], Muqaddimah-yi dīvān, 14th century, published in Kollīyāt-e ʿErāqī, edited by S. Nafīsī, Tehran, 1959. In Persian. The only purportedly full translation into English by William C. Chittick and Peter Lamborn Wilson as Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi: Divine Flashes., New York, 1982, was bowdlerised and stripped of its Greek love content. The original biography of ʿIrāqī contains more than half a dozen anecdotes of his engaging in Sufi ritual love play with boys all the way from India to Anatolia.
Arnold the Catalan of Verniolle, born ca. 1292, living 1324, French Franciscan subdeacon
Michael Goodich, "Appendix: The Trial of Arnold of Verniolle for Heresy and Sodomy" in The Unmentionable Vice: Homosexuality in the Later Medieval Period, Santa Barbara, California, 1979, pp. 89-123 and 141-2. Read on this website. The records (with an introduction) of a trial for heresy and sodomy with teenage boys in the French county of Foix in 1323-4.
Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi "Donatello", ca. 1386-1466, Italian sculptor
H. W. Janson, The Sculpture of Donatello, Princeton, 1963. An art historian's exhaustive study which acknowledges Dnatello's attraction to boys as essential to understanding the emotional background to his sculptures.
Laurie Schneider, "Donatello's Bronze David" in The Art Bulletin, Vol. 55, No. 2 (June 1973), pp. 213-216. An essay on the meaning of Donatello's most famous statue that links it to his typical Florentine "homosexuality" while evading the character of that homosexuality.
Robert Williams, "'Virtus Perficitur': On the Meaning of Donatello's Bronze 'David'" in Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 53rd Band., H. 2/3 (2009), pp.217-228. Explains the eroticism of the landmark nude statue of a boy and acknowledges its connection to the artist's sexuality, while arguing that eroticism has been exaggerated in explaining its meaning.
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi Botticelli, ca. 1445-1510, Italian painter
Jacques Mesnil, Botticelli, Paris, 1938. In French only. The definitive biography of the artist, which concludes that he was "particularly sensible to the charm" of adolescent boys.
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, 1452-1519, Italian artist and inventor
Sir Kenneth Clark, Leonardo da Vinci: An Account of his Development as an Artist, 1939, revised 1952 and 1967.
Ẓahīr-ud-dīn Muhammad "Babur", Mughal Emperor of Hindustan, 1483-1530
Ẓahīr-ud-dīn Muhammad "Babur", Bāburnāma, manuscript finished 1529/30. Translated from the Chagatai by Annette Susannah Beveridge as The Bābur-nāma in English (Memoirs of Bābur), 2 volumes, London, 1922. Read the Greek Love content. The lively autobiography of the first Mughal emperor, including his account of falling in love with a boy.
Julius III (originally Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte), Pope, 1487-1555, and Innocenzo Ciocchi del Monte, ca. 1535-77, Italian Cardinal
Francis A. Burkle-Young & Michael Leopoldo Doerrer, The Life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte: A Scandal in Scarlet, Together with Materials for a History of the House of Ciocchi del Monte San Savino, New York, 1997.
Benvenuto Cellini, 1500-71, Italian sculptor
Benvenuto Cellini, La Vita di Benvenuto di maestro Giovanni Cellini fiorentino, written in Florence ca. 1558-67, published 1730. Translated from the Italian by Thomas Roscoe as Memoirs Written by Himself, London, 1928. Excellent, detailed and colourful autobiography with frank references to his erotic attachments to boys.
I. Arnaldi, La vita violenta di Benvenuto Cellini, Bari, 1986.
Margaret A. Gallucci, Benvenuto Cellini: Sexuality, Masculinity and Artistic Identity in Renaissance Italy, New York, 2003.
Nicholas Udall, 1504-56, English headmaster and playwright
William L. Edgerton, Nicholas Udall, New York, 1965. A monograph which investigates the paradox of Udall being let off lightly after confessing to buggery of an Eton pupil.
Elizabeth Pittenger, " 'To Serve the Queere': Nicholas Udall, Master of Revels," in Queering the Renaissance, edited by Jonathan Goldberg, 1994, pp. 162-189. An article disagreeing with Edgerton's foregoing analysis, suggesting there was not much of a paradox, and finding links between the charge of sodomy and ambiguities in Udall's writings.
Mustafa Âlî bin Ahmed bin Abdülmevlâ Çelebi, 1541-1600, Ottoman historian
Cornell H. Fleischer, Bureaucrat and Intellectual in the Ottoman Empire: The Historian Mustafa Âli (1541–1600), Princeton, New Jersey, 1986. A general biography which discusses Âlî's proclivity for boys.
Anthony Bacon, 1558-1601, English spy
Joyce T. Freedman, Anthony Bacon and his World, 1558-1601, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Temple University, 1979. Read the Greek love content. A general biography which gives the most thorough published account of the charges brought against Bacon for sodomy with one of his pages in France.
Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Alban, 1561-1626, English Lord Chancellor
Lisa Jardine and Alan Stewart, Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon, 1999.
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English playwright and poet, and "Mr. W. H.", mysterious English youth
Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Mr. W. H., full edition, New York, 1921. PDF. Though presented as a story about two men who tried to find evidence that W.H. stood for the boy actor Willie Hughes, this is also a serious exposition of that theory.
John Masefield, Shakespeare and Spiritual Life, Oxford, 1924. Presents arguments that W.H. was a boy actor small and delicate enough to play boys' roles.
J.Z. Eglinton, "Shakespeare's Boyfriend and Sonnet XX" in International Journal of Greek Love I (New York, 1965), pp. 24-30. Read on this website. Scholarly conjecture on the love affair built around the idea W.H. probably stood for the boy actor William Hostler.
James I & VI King of England, Scotland and Ireland, 1566-1625
David M. Bergeron, Royal family, royal lovers: King James of England and Scotland, Columbia, Missouri, 1991. A poorly-written biography by an English professor which dogmatically insists well beyond the evidence allows that the 14-year-old King's passion for his much older cousin Lennox was sexually realised as were his much later loves of beautiful youths.
John Matusiak, James I: Scotland's King of England, 2015. A general biography which leaves no doubt the boy King was in love with Lennox and later with male youths, discusses the possibility these relationships were sexual, but affirms the ambiguity of the evidence.
Michael Young, King James and the History of Homosexuality, 2016. Another fashionable attempt to insist without evidence that the King's Greek love relationships were given (what would have been hypocritical) sexually-conscious expression, the dishonest argument taken further in this instance to advance James as supposed evidence of an early-17th-century gay orientation.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1571-1610, Italian painter
Andrew Graham-Dixon, Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, Allen Lane, London, 2009. A general biography that addresses the evidence for Caravaggio's sexual interest in boys without exaggerating its importance, but is unsurprisingly misleading about its pederastic meaning.
Charles d'Albert, Duke of Luynes, 1578-1621 and Louis XIII King of France and Navarre, 1601-43
Louis Battifol, "Louis XIII et le duc de Luynes" in Revue Historique, vol. 102 Fasc. 2 (1909) pp. 241-264 & vol. 103 Fasc. 2 (1910), pp. 248-277. Well-sourced and thorough study of the love affair of the boy-king and his amiable middle-aged courtier, presented as all the more passionate for being sexually sublimated.
Théophile de Viau, 1590-1626, French poet and dramatist
F. Lachèvre, Le Procès de Théophile de Viau, 1909.
Jerôme Duquesnoy "the younger", 1602-54, Flemish sculptor
Georges Eekhoud, “Un illustre uraniste du XVIIe. siècle Jérôme Duquesnoy. Sculpteur Flamand” in Jahrbuch für sexuelle Zwischenstuffen II (Leipzig, 1900) pp. 277-287. Translated from the French by Leo Adamson as "A Distinguished 17th Century Uranian: Jérôme Duquesnoy: Flemish Sculptor" in Paidika Vol. II, No. 1 (Amsterdam, summer 1989) pp. 44-49. Read on this website. A biography of the sculptor intended to redeem him from the unfair oblivion he had suffered since he met his doom over sex with boys.
Geert Debeuckelaere, " 'Omme dieswille at Gij, Hieronymus Duquesnoy...," in Tijdschrift voor Homogeschiedenis I (1984) 5-22, translated from the Flemish by G.-J. Cbelens as "For the reason that thou, Hieronymus Duquesnoy ..." in Paidika Vol. II, No. 1 (Amsterdam, summer 1989) pp. 50-57. Read on this website. On the eminent sculptor and his trial and public strangulation for sodomising willing boys of eight and eleven.
Giovanni Battista Lulli, 1632-87, French composer of Italian origin
R.H.F. Scott, Jean-Baptiste Lully, London, 1973
Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, 1671-1737
Alberto Bruschi, Gian Gastone. Un trono di solitudine nella caligine di un crepuscolo (Gian Gastone. A Throne of Solitude in the Haze of a Twilight), Florence, 1995. In Italian only.
Giuliano Dami, 1683-1750, Tuscan courtier
Alberto Bruschi, Giuliano Dami. Aiutante di Camera del granduca Gian Gastone de' Medici (Giuliano Dami. Chamber Aide to the Grand Duke Gian Gastone de' Medici), Florence, 1997. In Italian only. A monograph on the boy of humble origins who by thirteen was the Grand Duke of Tuscany's beloved and was later his procurer of boys.
Johann Joachim Winckelmann, 1717-68, German art historian
Gustav Bychowski, "Platonic Love and The Quest for Beauty: The Drama of J. J. Winckelmann" in American Imago, vol. 21, No. 3/4 "Eros and Thanatos" Fall-Winter 1964, pp. 80-94. On Winckelmann's sexual attraction to androgynous ephebes as the inspiration for his work on ancient Greek art.
Thomas Pelzel, "Winckelmann, Mengs and Casanova: A Reappraisal of a Famous Eighteenth-Century Forgery" in The Art Bulletin, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Sep., 1972), pp. 300-315. The story of the cruel trick played on Winckelmann in getting him to extol as authentically ancient a forged painting of Jupiter kissing Ganymede that was perfectly calculated to appeal to his artistic and sexual tastes.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, German writer
Alice A. Kuzniar (editor), Outing Goethe and His Age, Stanford, California, 1996. A series of essays, of which three are specifically about Goethe, who wrote of appreciating boys sexually while preferring girls.
William Thomas Beckford, 1760-1844, English novelist and art collector.
Alexander Boyd, England's Wealthiest Son: William Beckford, London, 1962. A thorough, sensitive and balanced account of probably the richest man ever to be ruined over Greek love.
Timothy Mowl, William Beckford. Composing for Mozart, London, 1998. A waspish and unsympathetic account, poorer in detail than Boyd's, leaving one to wonder what is the point of a biography that offers neither understanding nor new information.
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, 1788-1824, English poet.
Louis Crompton, Byron and Greek Love: Homophobia in 19th-century England, California, 1984. A thorough account of Byron's love affairs with boys, demonstrating their importance in his life, with a vivid portrait of early 19th-century homophobia to explain their context.
Fiona Maccarthy, Byron, Life and Legend, 2002. An excellent general biography, which gives Byron's love of boys the prominence due to it in his life, but no more than that.
Franz Schubert, 1797-1828, Austrian composer
Maynard Solomon, "Franz Schubert and the Peacocks of Benvenuto Cellini" in 19th-Century Music, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Spring, 1989), pp. 193-206. The essay which initiated on circumstantial evidence the contentious theory that Schubert was a practicing pederast.
Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, 1803-68
J. H. Walker, " 'This peculiar acuteness of feeling': James Brooke and the enactment of desire" in Borneo Research Bulletin 29 (1988) pp. 148-89. Read on this website. An exhaustive study of Brooke's boysexuality, over which his biographer Barley astutely cautions: "Attraction is not seduction, nor is seduction love. To equate them is to reduce the rich, polyphonic music of James's emotional life to a single note."
Nigel Barley, White Rajah: A Biography of Sir James Brooke, 2002. An entertaining and thorough general biography, which affirms and discusses at length Brooke's compassionate attraction to boys, while taking a more measured approach to it than Walker.
Walter Whitman, 1819-92, American writer.
Gary Schmidgall, Walt Whitman: A Gay Life, Dutton, 1997. A detailed study of Whitman's homosexuality which claims it is at the root of his poetic vision while, despite the rather dishonest title, making clear that "the ‘singularities’ of his life and of his greatest poetry were . . . evoked by boys and boy love.”
Juan A. Hererro Brasas, Walt Whitman's Mystical Ethics of Comradeship: Homosexuality and the Marginality of Friendship at the Crossroads of Modernity, Albany, New York, 2010. A reassessment of Whitman’s writings, rejecting the usual anachronistic views of him in favour of his own insistence on his poetry as a religion of male comradeship, his sexual involvement with boys is also described and shown to have been far removed from any idea of gay self-identification in his thinking.
Jeremy Lybarger, "Walt Whitman's Boys" in Boston Review, 30 May 2019. Read online. An article devoted to Whitman's homosexuality, showing through his poems and diaries that it was unambiguously pederastic.
Horatio Alger, 1832-99, American novelist.
Gary Scharnhorst, Horatio Alger Jr., 1980.
Gary Scharnhorst & Jack Bales, The Lost Life of Horatio Alger Jr., 1985.
Oscar Browning, 1837-1923, English historian.
Ian Anstruther, Oscar Browning, A Biography, London, 1983. Review.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-93, Russian composer.
[various authors], The Tchaikovsky Papers: Unlocking the Family Archive, edited by Marina Kostalevsky and translated by Stephen Pearl, Yale, New Haven, 2018. Letters to and from Tchaikovsky's family, but mostly his own letters, in many of which he confided his love of boys.
Poznansky, Alexander, Tchaikovsky: The Quest for the Inner Man, New York, 1991. A thorough and scholarly general biography which is open about Tchaikovsky's love of boys without unduly emphasising it.
John Addington Symonds, 1840-93, English poet and literary critic.
John Addington Symonds, The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds, London, 1984, edited by P. Grosskurth. Read the Greek love content.
Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher, 1852-1930, English historian and politician.
James Lees-Milne, The Enigmatic Edwardian, 1986.
Wilhelm Plüschow, 1852-1930, German photographer
Ulrich Pohlmann, Guglielmo Plüschow (1852-1930). Ein Photograph aus Mecklenburg in Italien (William Plüschow (1852-1930). A Photographer from Mecklenburg in Italy), NWM-Verlag, Grevesmühlen, 1995. In German only.
Sir Hector Archibald Macdonald, 1853-1903, British major-general
Trevor Royle, Fighting Mac: the downfall of Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald, 2nd edition, Edinburgh, 2003. A short general biography which does not subscribe to the conspiracy theory that the allegations of sex with boys in Ceylon that brought about the military hero's suicide were an invention of the establishment.
Friedrich Alfred Krupp, 1854-1902, German steel manufacturer
Carlo Knight, Krupp a Capri - Uno scandalo d'altri tempi (e uno dei nostri) (Krupp in Capri - A scandal from other times (and one of ours)), Naples, 1989.
Carlo Knight: Die Capri-Utopie von Krupp - L'utopia caprese di Krupp (Krupp's Caprian Utopia), Capri, 2002. In Italian and German only.
Dieter Richter, "Friedrich Alfred Krupp auf Capri. Ein Skandal und seine Geschichte (Frederick Alfred Krupp on Capri. A Scandal and its History)" in Friedrich Alfred Krupp. Ein Unternehmer im Kaiserreich (Frederick Alfred Krupp. An Entrepreneur during the Empire) edited by Michael Epkenhans & Ralf Stremmel, Munich, 2010, pp. 157-178. An essay showing that the scandal of the great industrialist's orgies with Caprian boys that brought about his downfall was greatly exaggerated due to local feuds, hypocrisy and the rhetoric of class antagonism.
Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer and wit.
Merlin Holland, Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde, London, 2003.
Neil McKenna, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde: An Intimate Biography, New York, 2003. Review. Thorough and lively biography with an extreme gay bias, interpreting everything Wilde thought or did in terms of his homosexuality.
Antony Edmonds, Oscar Wilde's Scandalous Summer, Stroud, 2014. Review. The story of Wilde's liaison with Alfonso Conway, a working-class boy just turned sixteen, in Worthing in 1894, well-researched and brought to interesting life.
Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, 1856-1931, German photographer in Sicily.
Charles Leslie, Wilhelm Von Gloeden Photographer. A Brief Introduction to His Life and Work, New York, 1977.
Edward Perry Warren, 1860-1928, American art collector.
Michael Matthew Kaylor, "Introduction" in The Collected Works and Commissioned Biography of Edward Perry Warren, vol. I p. x ff., Brno, 2013. An excellent introduction to Warren which is essentially a biography and, far from evading the importance of Greek love in his life, stresses how shamefully this has usually been done.
Thomas K. Hubbard, "Ned Warren's Passion: The Life and Work of a Uranian Connoisseur" in Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Winter 2015), pp. 145-170. A fine summary of Warren's life and writings on Greek love.
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, 1860–1937, Scottish playwright.
Andrew Birkin, J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: the Love Story that Gave Birth to Peter Pan, London, 1979. Review.
Frederick William Rolfe, 1860-1913, English writer.
Frederick Rolfe, The Venice Letters, London, 1987.
John Addington Symonds, The Quest for Corvo, London, 1934.
Donald Weeks, Corvo, 1971.
Robert Scoble, Raven. The Turbulent World of Baron Corvo, London, 2013.
Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, 1864-92, British prince.
Theo Aronson, Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld, London, 1994. Review.
John Henry Mackay, 1864-1933, German writer.
Hubert Kennedy, Anarchist of Love- The Secret Life of John Henry Mackay, San Francisco, 2002.
Vishvanath Singh, Maharaja of Chhatarpur, 1866-1932
Joe Ackerley, Hindoo Holiday: An Indian Journal, expurgated edition 1932; unexpurgated edition, Penguin Modern Classics, 2009. Review. A witty account of the author's five-month stay as his secretary-companion with a boy-loving Indian Maharajah.
Henri-Louis-Achille Bécasse, better known under his nom de plume of Achille Essebac, 1868-1936, French writer.
Jean-Claude Féray, Achille Essebac, romancier du Désir, Quintes-Feuilles, Paris, 2008.
George Norman Douglas, 1868-1952, Scottish writer.
Mark Holloway, Norman Douglas: a biography, 1976. A fine general biography written in the brief period when it was possible to write both honestly and uncensoriously about a practising pederast and which availed itself well of that liberty.
Wilhelm Meusburger, Michael Allan and Helmut Swozilek (editors), Introducing Norman Douglas: A Portrait, Edizioni La Conchiglia, Capri, 2004. Extracts from Douglas's works illustrated with many photos recalling his life and loves.
Dear Doug! Letters to Norman Douglas from Eric Wolton, René Mari, Marcel Mercier and Ettore Masciandaro and a selection of letters from Emilio Papa, Graz, 2008. A collection of letters from some of those who were at the time or once had been boys loved by Douglas, and who influenced his work.
Robert Baldwin Ross, 1869-1918, Canadian journalist.
Jonathan Fryer, Robbie Ross: Oscar Wilde's True Love, London, 2000.
André Paul Guillaume Gide, 1869-1951, Nobel Laureate French writer
André Gide, Si le grain ne meurt, Paris, 1926, translated from the French by Dorothy Bussy as If It Die ..., London, 1935, unexpurgated edition, Penguin, 1977.
André Gide, Journal 1889-1949, 4 vols., 1939, edited and translated from the French by J. O'Brien, 1948.
Henri Ghéon & André Gide, Correspondance, 1897-1944, 2 volumes, Paris, 1976. In French only.
Alan Sheridan, André Gide: A Life in the Present, 1998.
André Gide, Le Ramier (The Woodpigeon), Paris, 2002. In French only. A lyrical account of an amorous night the author spent in 1907 with the 17-year-old son of a farmhand in south-western France.
Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, 1870-1945, English writer.
Douglas Murray, Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas, 2000.
Paul Thomas Mann, 1875-1955, Nobel Laureate German writer.
Thomas Mann, Diaries 1918-1939, translated into English by R. and C. Winston, London, 1983.
Anthony Heilbut, Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature, 1997.
Gilbert Adair, The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann's 'Death in Venice' and the Boy Who Inspired It, London, 2001. Review.
Charlie Powerscourt, born ca. 1879, English writer
[Charlie Powerscourt], Memoirs of a Voluptuary, "New Orleans" [Paris], 1905. Read the Greek love content. The erotic adventures of some boys aged 13 to 16 with each other at their small boarding-school in Devon, and with men and women elsewhere. Its claim to be strictly autobiographical looks exaggerated, but it is nevertheless fascinating and historically important as much the earliest explicit British description of pederastic sex.
Baron Jacques Adelswärd-Fersen, 1880-1923, French writer
Ogrinc, Will H.L., Frère Jacques: A Shrine To Love And Sorrow. Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen (1880-1923), 1994. Fourth, revised edition (2015) available online. An excellent scholarly biography based on exhaustive research, especially on the subject's sexual involvement with boys.
[Baron Jacques Adelswärd-Fersen,], Amori et Dolori Sacrum. Capri, Un'infinita varietà. 1905-1923: l'isola di Jacques Fersen, edited by Riccardo Esposito, Capri, 2018. In Italian only. The boy-loving exile in Capri's poems and documents on his life translated into Italian and lavishly illustrated.
Arthur Kenneth Searight, 1883-1957, English inventor of the Sona language.
Renaud Icard, 1886-1971, French sculptor and writer
Jean-Loup Salètes, "Renaud Icard" in Amours Secrètes, edited by Nicole Canet, Paris, , pp. 189-264. In French only.
Willem Eduard Keuning "de Mérode", 1887-1939, Dutch poet
Hans Hafkamp, "The Life of a Christian Boy-Lover: The Poet Willem De Mérode (1887-1939)" in Paidika Vol. I, No. 1 (Amsterdam, summer 1987) pp. 42-56. A short biography concentrating on the poet's love of boys.
Thomas Edward Lawrence, 1888-1935, English officer instrumental in the Arab revolt, and Selim Ahmed "Dahoum", ca. 1897-1918, Syrian water boy
Daniel Wolfe, T. E. Lawrence, 1995.
Ralph Nicholas Chubb, 1892-1960, English poet, printer and artist
Ralph Chubb, The Sun Spirit: a Visionary Phantasy, privately printed, Aldermaston, 1931. Includes an account of the author's boyhood, especially his early sexual longings and of his passionate friendship at 18 with a boy three years his younger.
Oliver Drummond, "Ralph Nicholas Chubb: Prophet and Paiderast" in the International Journal of Greek Love I (New York, 1965), pp. 5-17. Read on this website.
Anthony Reid, "Ralph Chubb, the Unknown: a Checklist and extensively expurgated Biography" in The Private Library, 2nd Series, vol. III pp. 141-156 & 193-213. Similar to the preceding article by Drummond, but longer and more thorough in both its account of Chubb' life and its catalogue of his works.
William "Bill" Tatem Tilden, 1893-1953, American tennis champion
Frank Deford, Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy, New York, 1976.
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, 1893-1918, English poet
Dominic Hibberd, Owen the Poet (London, 1986) and Wilfred Owen: A New Biography (London, 2002). Fine comprehensive biographies of the great war poet which include brief mention of his special friendships with boys and Greek love poems without addressing them as a significant topic.
Jon Stallworthy, Wilfred Owen (London, 2013). More cautious than Hibberd in his conclusions, but similarly comprehensive, all three biographies of Owen are similarly excellent and the best there is on his attraction to boys in the absence of any special study.
Henry Marie Joseph Frédéric Expedite Millon de Montherlant, 1895–1972, French writer
Henri de Montherlant & Roger Peyrefitte, Correspondance, Paris, 1983.
Walter Spies, 1895-1942, German artist
Hans Rhodius and John Darling, Walter Spies and Balinese Art, 1980
Michael Childers Davidson, 1897-1976, English journalist
Michael Davidson, The World, the Flesh and Myself, 1962. Article linking to Greek love content.
Michael Davidson, Some Boys, 1970. Article linking to Greek love content.
Albert Wainwright, 1898-1943, English artist, and Otto Jübermann, ca. 1912-?, German
Albert Wainwright, Albert & Otto. Albert Wainwright's visual diary of love in the 1920s, edited by Nick Elm and Callum James, Portsmouth, 2013. Sketchbooks 1927-9 with a little text from diaries depicting the artist's visits to Germany and reciprocal visit to England of the mid-teen boy with whom he had a love affair.
Gaston Goor, 1902-77, French illustrator
Jean-Claude Féray, "L’histoire de Mon page, de ses illustrations et de l’amitié Goor-Icard", in Mon page by Renaud Icard (Quintes-Feuilles, Paris, 2009) pp. 157-195.
Terence Hanbury White, 1906-64, English novelist
Sylvia Townsend Warner, T. H. White: A Biography, London, 1967. Read the Greek love content.
Edward William Frank James, 1907-84, English poet
Edward James, Swans reflecting Elephants: my Early Years, edited by George Melly, London, 1982. A memoir of his youth includes the attempted seduction of him, aged 12, by Lord Harcourt, a former Cabinet minister, whose suicide soon after is thought to have been in consequence.
Roger Peyrefitte, 1907–2000, French writer
Henri de Montherlant & Roger Peyrefitte, Correspondance, Paris, 1983.
Roger Peyrefitte, Notre Amour, 1967, translated from the French by John Stefan as Our Love. Review. The author's sixteen-month-long tempestuous love affair with the boy, aged 13 to 15, whom he had met during the filming of his greatest novel and was to remain the most important person in his life.
Antoine Deléry, Roger Peyrefitte, le sulfureux, France, 2011. A well-balanced general biography with interesting revelations, and which gives the role of Greek love in Peyrefitte's life the importance it deserves.
Thomas Cuthbert Worsley, 1907-77, English teacher & writer
T. C. Worsley, Flannelled Fool: a slice of life in the Thirties, London, 1967. Read the Greek love content. A memoir concentrated on the author's five years from 1929 as a schoolmaster at Wellington College.
Lewis Levien Thompson, 1909-49, English poet & wanderer
Lewis Thompson, Mirror to the Light: Reflections on Consciousness and Experience, edited by Richard Lannoy, London, 1984. Includes Thompson's journals from childhood onwards with copious reflections on the responsive boys of India.
Casimir Dukahz, 1909-88, American writer
Casimir Dukahz, The Asbestos Diary, New York, 1966. PDF. A very witty account of the author's numerous amorous encounters with boys. His disclaimer that "all characters and incidents in this Diary are impurely imaginary" is a fine introduction to his typical wit. It is always hard to draw the line between fiction and biography, but here we guess that this book and its three sequels are the latter.
Casimir Dukahz, Vice Versa, New York, 1976. PDF. The first of three sequels to the preceding, with more connected narrative but less acute wit.
Casimir Dukahz, It's a Boy, Amsterdam, 1984. PDF. The second of three sequels, similar to the last.
Casimir Dukahz, Growing Old Disgracefully, Amsterdam, 1986. PDF. The last of the series of four.
Soetjipto, born 1910, living 1933, Javanese
Soetjipto, "First Love: The Opening of Soetjipto's Djalan Sampoerna" translated by Benedict R. O'G. Anderson, in Indonesia 82 (Oct. 2006) pp. 39-74. PDF. The first part of a manuscript written by a young Javanese between 1930 and 1932, mostly recounting his passionate love affair at 13 with a youth of 20 in a small town in 1923-4.
Alan Mathison Turing, 1912-57, English mathematician
Andrew Hodges, The Enigma, 1983. Read the Greek love content. A thorough general biography, including Turing's love life focussed on males between their early teens and early twenties.
Heinz Kohut, 1913-81, Austrian, later American, psychoanalayst
Charles Strozier, "The Tutor", being Chapter 3 of his Heinz Kohut: The making of a psychoanalyst, New York, 2001, pp. 21-26. Read on this website. An account, closely based on Kohut wings about himself as "Mr. Z." of his love affair in Vienna, for a few years from the age of 11, with his tutor, in his early 20s, and which he looked back on as his spiritual salvation.
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, 1913–1976, English composer
John Bridcut, Britten’s Children, London, 2006. On the many special friendships with pubescent boys, believed by the author to be chaste though erotically-inspired, that enriched Britten's life and were felt to be highly beneficial by the boys.
Donald Stuart Leslie Friend, 1915–1989, Australian artist.
Donald Friend, The Diaries, vol. IV only, Canberra, 2006. Read the Greek love content.
Robert Cecil Romer Maugham, 2nd Viscount Maugham, 1916–1981, English writer.
Robin Maugham, Escape from the Shadows, 1972.
Robin Maugham, Search for Nirvana, London, 1975. A sequel to the preceding autobiography.
Clarence Osborne, 1917/8-79, Australian court supervisor.
Paul Wilson, The Man They Called a Monster, Australia, 1981. PDF A sociologist’s study of a Brisbane man who kept meticulous records over twenty years of the roughly 2500 mostly adolescent boys of varied social background he made love to (not one of whom every complained to anyone). Based on these records and interviews conducted with both Osborne and some of his former boys, the book offers priceless insight into how pederasty could be practised in the already fairly-repressive climate of Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.
Hans Hermann Groër, 1919-2003, Cardinal & Archbishop of Vienna
Hubertus Czernin, Das Buch Groer: Eine Kirchenchronik. Dokumentation, 1998. In German only.
Peter Gamble, born ca. 1920, English schoolmaster 1998.
Peter Gamble, The More We Are Together, Stamford, 1993.
Jack Robinson, born 1921, English soldier
Jack Robinson, Teardrops on My Drum, Swaffham, 1986. PDF. Review. The autobiography down to the age of fourteen of a poor but high-spirited boy sexually involved with men and other boys from the age of eleven. Set mostly in Liverpool in the early 1930s.
Jack Robinson, Jack and Jamie Go to War, Swaffham, 1988. A continuation of Robinson's story as a soldier and lover until the end of the 2nd World War, during which he made the classical Greek transition from beloved to boy-lover, though more in sentiment than action.
Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1922-75, Italian film director and writer
Enzo Siciliano, Vita di Pasolini, Milan, 1978. Translated from the Italian by John Shepley as Pasolini: A Biography, New York, 1982. A general biography infomative about Pasolini's sexual affairs with the poor mid-teen boys to whom he was most drawn, but unfortunately written well before the recantation of his supposed murderer exculpated him of sado-masochism.
George Albert Bowers, born 1923, American Marine
Scotty Bowers, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, USA, 2012. Read the Greek love content. Review. The autobiography of a Hollywood petrol-pump attendant and bartender, with much to reveal about the sex lives of many later 20th-century celebrities he slept with or arranged trysts for. Chapters 3, 5 and 7 are of Greek love interest, being mostly about his experiences of it as a boy.
Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, 1923-2008, American Nobel Laureate medical researcher
M. P. Alpers, "Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, 1923-2008: an appreciation of his life and his love for Papua New Guinea" in Papua New Guinea Medical Journal, volume 53, no. 1-2, March-June 2010, pp. 54-64. A revealing biography by a professional colleague, including frank discussion of Gajdusek's love of boys (sexual and otherwise) and legal entrapment over it.
Simon Arthur Noël Raven, 1927-2001, English novelist and dramatist
Simon Raven, Shadows on the Grass, 1982. A witty general autobiography of his youth down to 1960, including fond reminiscences of his and other boys' sex with a prep school master.
Michael Barber, The Captain. The Life and Times of Simon Raven, 1997. Read the Greek love content. A good general biography written with Raven's co-operation and including a slightly revised but still insistently positive version of his schoolmaster's sexual antics with him and other boys aged 9 to 13.
Sir Cyril Smith, 1928-2010, British Member of Parliament
Simon Danczuk & Matthew Baker, Smile for the Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith, London, 2014. A biography concentrating on uncritical presentation of populist allegations that Smith unscrupulously seduced countless vulnerable boys.
Iain Mackenzie-Blair, born ca. 1928, English.
Iain Mackenzie-Blair, School Story, Wester Ross, 2005.
Tashi Tsering, 1929-2014, Tibetan professor
Tashi Tsering assisted by Melvyn C. Goldstein and William R. Siebenschuh, The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The Autobiography of Tashi Tsering, New York, 1997. Read the Greek love content. A general autobiography offering fascinating insight into the pederasty commonly practised by Tibetan monks as a cultural adaptation, non-penetrative sex with boys being excepted from otherwise compulsory celibacy. The author decided at 14 that it would be beneficial to him to accept becoming the loved-boy of a fairly important monk in Lhasa, which he was for some six years in the 1940s, and thereafter remained adamant that he had been right.
Hans van Manen, born 1932, Dutch ballet dancer.
Eva van Schaik, Hans van Manen, leven & werken (Hans van Manen, Life & Work), 1997. In Dutch only. Includes van Manen's description of his fun taking the sexual initiative with men from the age of 11.
John Kingsley Orton, 1933–1967), English playwright.
Joe Orton, The Orton Diaries, 304 pp., London, 1987. Read the Greek love content. A detailed account of the last eight months of a wit who enjoyed shocking, including frank description of sex with early-teen boys over seven weeks in Tangier.
Alan George Carey, born 1935, English schoolboy.
Peter Ryde, A Good Start, Considering, London, 1999. The heart-rending story over a year, 1946-7, of an orphan sent at eleven to a boy's home where he was habitually violated by a sadist who also sabotaged the love affair with an older boy that was his only emotional succour.
Gabriel Matzneff, born 1936, French writer.
Philippe Delannoy, Gabriel Matzneff, 1992. In French only.
Vincent Roy, Matzneff, l'exilé absolu, Michalon, 2003. In French only.
Collective authors under the direction of Florent Georgesco, Gabriel Matzneff, 2010. In French only.
Angus John Mackintosh Stewart, 1936–1998, British writer.
Angus Stewart writing as John Davis, "Pederast" in Underdogs, edited by Philip Toynbee, London, 1961. Read on this website. An autobiographical sketch and explanation of himself as a lover of boys down to the age of 24, including the true story behind his novel Sandel.
Angus Stewart, Tangier: A Writer's Notebook, London, 1977. Read the Greek love content. An autobiographical account of the boy-loving author's time in Tangier from 1961 to 1974 together with a more general description of life in that city then popular with foreign pederasts.
Louis A---- Colantuono, born 1938, American trucker.
Colantuono, Louis A., The Trucker and The Teens: Volume 1 1969-1975, Coltsfoot Press, Amsterdam, 1984. Five years of the hectic life on the road of a Californian, written while in prison for his considerable activity with boys.
Edmund Valentine White, born 1940, American writer.
Edmund White, My Lives: An Autobiography, New York, 2006.
Jay Edson, American writer.
Jay Edson, These Were My Realities, USA, 2006. Read selections on the author's website. The prison journal and deep reflections of a sensitive social worker incarcerated for four years for mild and consensual sexual contact with two boys.
George Pell, born 1941, Cardinal, Archbishop of Sydney
Louise Milligan, Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, Melbourne, 2017. An investigative reporter's account of Pell's troubles over allegations of man/boy sex in the Catholic Church, which later led to his own conviction in cases from the distant past, making him the highest-ranking casualty of the 21st-century witch-hunt against pederasts.
Richard John McMullen, 1943-90/9, English youth worker
Richie McMullen, Enchanted Youth, 1990. Review.
Gerald Arthur Sandusky, born 1944, American football coach
Three books making detailed assertions about the subject's sexual involvement with pubescent boys are Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence by Bill Moushey and Robert Dvorchak (2012), Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky by Aaron Fisher and Michael Gillum (2012), and Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse by Matthew Sandusky (2015). Any one of these should for balance be read in conjunction with The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Prendergast (Pennysylvania, 2017), which offers full and compelling counter-evidence. However, all these books are flawed in not having touched on a third possibility that would reconcile the main contradictions in the best evidence, namely that Sandusky was legally guilty, but only of consensual liaisons and with only some of the alleged boys.
Kenneth George "Jonathan" King, born 1944, English song-writer
Jonathan King, Jonathan King 65: My Life So Far, 2009. Autobiography including lively revelations of the author's sexual liaisons from pubescence onwards.
Jonathan King, Guilty, 2018. Highly readable account of the author's surprise acquittal on false allegations of consensual sex with boys in the 1970s, following revelations of gross dishonesty by the police.
Roger Moody, British radical journalist.
Roger Moody, Indecent Assault, London, 1980.
Tony Duvert, 1945-2008, French writer
Gilles Sebhan, Tony Duvert. L'enfant silencieux (Tony Duvert: The Silent Child), Paris, 2010. In French only.
Gilles Sebhan, Retour à Duvert (Back to Duvert), 2015. In French only.
Mario Ivan "Tony" Leyva, 1946-2005, American Pentecostal preacher
Mike Echols, Brother Tony's Boys: The Largest Case of Child Prostitution in U.S. History: The True Story, 1996. The sexual liaisons with pubescent boys of an itinerant evangelist from the 1960s to 1980s, as represented by a sensationalist campaigner against boy-love with an unsavoury reputation for unscrupulousness.
Jean-Dominique Bunel, born 1946, French humanitarian worker
Jean-Dominique Bunel, Un deuxième père (A Second Father), éditions Sydney Laurent, 2018. In French only. The autobiography of one who gave up the priesthood on account of his attraction to adolescent boys and devoted himself to caring for thousands of them in teaching, scouting and humanitarian work in the war zones of three continents, twice suffering imprisonment for doing so.
Wilhelmus Simon Petrus "Pim" Fortuyn, 1948-2002, Dutch politician
Pim Fortuyn, Babyboomers. Autobiografie van een generatie (Babyboomers. Autobiography of a Generation), 1998, revised edition, Rotterdam, 2002. In Dutch only. An autobiography including his exciting sexual experiences with men from the age of 5.
J. Darling, British traveler.
J. Darling, It's Okay to Say Yes. Close Encounters in the Third World: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Well-Travelled Boy-Lover, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1992. Review.
David Michael Wojnarowicz, 1954-92, American painter and writer
David Wojnarowicz, Memories That Smell Like Gasoline, San Francisco, 1992. On the author's experiences as an early teen hustler in New York in the 1960s, unflattering about his customers, but clear about his own willingness.
Hervé Guibert, 1955-91, French writer
Hervé Guibert, Fou de Vincent (Mad about Vincent), Paris, 1989, translated from the French by Christine Pichini as Crazy for Vincent, Los Angeles, 2017. Fragments of a journal describing the author's obsessive passion over the years 1982-88 for an only mildly interested teenage skateboarder.
Theodorus "Ted"Adrianus van Lieshout, born 1955, Dutch writer
Ted van Lieshout, Zeer kleine liefde (Very Small Love), Amsterdam, 1999. In Dutch only. About the author's love affair at 12 with a man whose sudden disappearance he experienced as a crushing betrayal, only to find much later it was caused by his own mother's threats.
Stephen John Fry, born 1957, English actor and writer
Stephen Fry, Moab is My Washpot, Random House, 1997. Read the Greek love content. An amusingly-recounted general autobiography down to his 19th year, including an account of his pedication at thirteen by a prefect, clearly characterised as harmless even though without love.
Michael Joseph Jackson, 1958–2009, American singer.
Thomas V. O’Carroll, writing as Carl Toms, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons, 2010. A thoroughly documented, exhaustive and balanced study of the pop star's liaisons with boys, leaving no doubt they were were sexual, and whilst consensual and genuinely loving, not always conducted with high principles, especially where the boys' parents were concerned.
See also under Jordan Chandler (born 1980).
Martin Moran, born 1960, American actor
Martin Moran, The Tricky Part: One Boy's Fall from Trespass into Grace, Boston, 2005. The memoir of a boy who, aged 12-14, was semi-reluctantly involved in a liaison with a Catholic camp boys' counselor he regarded as taking advantage of him to involve him in something shameful.
John Devane, born 1962, Irish solicitor
John Devane, Nobody Heard Me Cry, London, 2008. A memoir of childhood, including eight years in the 1970s spent as a boy prostitute in Limerick from the age of 8. Recounted as a victim's horror story.
Graham Caveney, born 1964, British writer.
Graham Caveney, The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir of Adolescence, London, 2017. The short memoir of a working-class Lancashire teenager who at 15-16 acceded with distaste to sex with his headmaster.
Steven Gregory Stayner, 1965-89, American kidnap victim.
Mike Echols, I Know My First Name is Steven, New York, 1999. The story of a Californian boy kidnapped and kept for sex between the ages of seven and fourteen.
Luis Miguel Fuentes, born 1977, American boy prostitute.
Luis Miguel Fuentes, Diary of a Dirty Boy, 1998. Autobiographical stories of a New York boy prostitute from 1986 to 1994.
Jordan Chandler, born 1980, American
Victor M. Gutierrez, Michael Jackson Was My Lover: The Secret Diary of Jordan Chandler, 1995. An investigative journalist's account of a boy of 12 to 13's relationship with the famous American singer, almost certainly based largely on the boy's information, and leaving no doubt it was both sexual and loving.
Steven van der Hoeven, born 1983, Dutch football reporter
Steven van der Hoeven, Je ogen verraden je (Your Eyes Betray You), Amsterdam, 2011. In Dutch only. The story of the author's seduction at 12 by a football coach and their three-year relationship, which he came to view negatively.
Milo Yiannopoulos, born 1984, British polemicist
Nadia Russ, Milo Yiannopoulos and All This Mess, New York, 2017. A biography which concentrates heavily on the young celebrity's sudden fall over positive comments he made about Greek love and his own experience of it as a boy of thirteen.