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 mentioning its subject's involvement 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 General biographies of the famous are much more likely to be included if not superseded from a Greek love point of view by more specialist studies.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. Three biographies never in print and first published on this website are included.
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.
Solon Σόλων, ca. 639-559 BC, Athenian statesman and lawgiver
Ploutarchos, "Σόλων Solon" in Βίοι Παράλληλοι Bíoi Parállēloi, early 2nd century AD. Translated from the Greek by Bernadotte Perrin as "Solon" in Plutarch's Lives, Loeb Classical Library volume 46, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A general biography and the source of almost all known about its subject, in whose life Greek love played a central role.
Peisistratos Πεισίστρατος, Tyrant of Athens, ca. 603-528/7 BC
B. M. Lavelle, Fame, Money and Power: The Rise of Peisistratos and “Democratic” Tyranny at Athens, Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 2005. An exhaustive scholarly study of Peisistratos, including an appendix analysing in detail the ancient statements that he had been Solon's eromenos, but concluding it was improbable on dubious chronological grounds.
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Xenophon, Κύρου παιδεία Kyrou Paideia (The Education of Cyrus), ca. 370 BC. Translated by Walter Miller as Cyropaedia, Loeb Classical Library volume 51, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. A biography, often considered fictionalised and inaccurate of the founder of the Persian Empire, including an amusing anecdote about how a noble in love with him when he was a boy, contrived to let him kiss him.
Hipparchos, ca. 555-514 BC, Athenian noble
Charles W. Fornara, "The 'Tradition' about the Murder of Hipparchus" in
Hieron Ἱέρων I, Tyrant of Syracuse, died 467
Xenophon of Athens, Ἱέρων Hieron, ca. 360 BC. Translated from the Greek by E.C. Marchant as Hiero, Loeb Classical Library volume 183, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1925. Read the Greek love content. A dialogue in which Hiero explains why being a ruler does not bring greater happiness, and giving as an example how making love to boys is less pleasurable for him than others because he can have what sex he wants and cannot be sure the boy is willing out of love.
Aristeides Ἀριστείδης, ca. 528-468, Athenian statesman and general
Ploutarchos, "Ἀριστείδης Aristeides" in Βίοι Παράλληλοι Bíoi Parállēloi, early 2nd century AD. Translated from the Greek by Bernadotte Perrin as "Aristides" in Plutarch's Lives, Loeb Classical Library volume 47, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A general biography explaining his enmity with his political rival Themistokles as originating in rivalry over a boy they both loved.
Themistokles Θεμιστοκλῆς, ca. 524-ca. 459 BC, Athenian admiral and statesman
Ploutarchos, "Θεμιστοκλῆς Themistokles" in Βίοι Παράλληλοι Bíoi Parállēloi, early 2nd century AD. Translated from the Greek by Bernadotte Perrin as "Themistocles" in Plutarch's Lives, Loeb Classical Library volume 47, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A general autobiography including two anecdotes about his wooing boys.
Sokrates Σωκράτης, ca. 470-399 BC, Athenian philosopher
Johannes Matthias Gesner, "Socrates sanctus Paederasta: Commentatio societati regiae Gottingensi praelecta a. d. V. Febr. 1752: Accedit Eiusdem Corollarium de antiqua asinorum honestate" in Commentarii societatis regiae scientiarum gottingensis, Göttingen, 1753. Translated from the original Latin and introduced by Hugh Hagius as Socrates, The Holy Pederast, New York: Bibliogay, 2002. An essay on Sokrates and the institution of Greek pederasty concluding that the former was chaste.
Alkibiades Ἀλκιβιάδης, 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.
Agesilaos Ἀγησίλαος II, King of the Spartans, ca. 445-360/1 BC
Ploutarchos, "Ἀγησίλαος Agesilaos" in Βίοι Παράλληλοι Bíoi Parállēloi, early 2nd century AD. Translated from the Greek by Bernadotte Perrin as "Agesilaus" in Plutarch's Lives, Loeb Classical Library volume LXXXVII, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1917. Read the Greek love content. The later but fuller of two ancient biographies of this great commander, including a series of Greek love episodes bringing Spartan pederasty very much to life.
"Plato Πλάτων" Aristokles Ἀριστοκλῆς, ca. 426-348/7 BC, Athenian philosopher
Sir Maurice Bowra, “Plato’s Epigram on Dion’s Death”, being Chapter VIII of his Problems in Greek Poetry, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1953, pp. 126-137. Detailed and convincing reasons for believing that the epigram in which Plato said Dion "didst madden my soul with eros" was genuinely by him, incidentally affirming the authenticity of two other epigrams about his love for a youth named Aster.
Philip Φίλιππος 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 Αλέξανδρος the Great, King of the Macedonians etc., 356-323 BC, conqueror.
Andrew Chugg, Alexander's Lovers, Milton Keynes: Lightning Source, 2006. Review. An interesting but imperfect account of all Alexander's love affairs, which most unusually and admirably (for a modern book) insists on the genuineness of both his heterosexual and homosexual loves.
Demetrios the Beseiger Δημήτριος Πολιορκητής, King of the Macedonians, 337/6-283 BC
Ploutarchos, "Δημήτριος Demetrios" in Βίοι Παράλληλοι Bíoi Parállēloi, early 2nd century AD. Translated from the Greek by Bernadotte Perrin as "Demetrius" in Plutarch's Lives, Loeb Classical Library volume 101, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1920. Read the Greek love content. A general biography including stories of the colourful King's seduction (and one attempted seduction ending in tragedy) of local freeborn boys during a long stay in Athens.
Kleomenes Κλεομένης III, King of the Spartans, died 219 BC
Ploutarchos, "Κλεομένης Kleomenes" in Βίοι Παράλληλοι Bíoi Parállēloi, early 2nd century AD. Translated from the Greek by Bernadotte Perrin as "Cleomenes" in Plutarch's Lives, Loeb Classical Library volume 102, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1921. Read the Greek love content. A general biography of the King who tried to restore Sparta's old ways, including anecdotes about his boyhood lover and his own beloved when King.
Gaius Julius Caesar, 100-44 BC, Roman dictator
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Divus Julius" in De Viris Illustribus, AD 106/113. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "The Deified Julius" in Lives of Illustrious Men, Loeb Classical Library volume 31, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A lively and generally favourable biography including passages recounting how Caesar was dogged throughout his career by the belief that, aged 18 or 19, he had given himself sexually to the King of Bithynia.
Publius Vergilius Maro, 70-19 BC, Roman poet
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Vita Vergili" in De Viris Illustribus, AD 106/113. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "The Life of Virgil" in Lives of Illustrious Men, Loeb Classical Library volume 38, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A general biography of the great poet described as "especially given to passions for boys", including a brief summary of his two favourite boy loves.
Imperator Caesar Divi Augustus (originally Gaius Octavius), Roman Emperor, 63 BC–AD 14
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Divus Augustus" in De Vita Caesarum, ca. AD 121. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "The Deified Augustus" in Lives of the Caesars, Loeb Classical Library volume 31, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A lively general biography including accusations that, as a boy, Octavian (as he then was) gave himself to men sexually, but not mentioning his own catamites reported by other writers.
Anon., "Augustus" in Epitome de Caesaribus Libellus de Vita et Moribus Imperatorum Breviatus, ca. 400. Translated from the Latin by Thomas M. Banchich as "Augustus" in A Booklet about the Style of Life and the Manners of the Imperatores, Buffalo, New York, 2009. Read the Greek love content. A brief and late biography mentioning that Augustus was accustomed lieing with 12 boys and 12 girls.
Tiberius Caesar Divi Augusti Filius Augustus, Roman Emperor, 42 BC – AD 37
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Tiberius" in De Vita Caesarum, ca. AD 121. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "Tiberius" in Lives of the Caesars, Loeb Classical Library volume 31, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A lively but hostile general biography, of which the long passage describing the Emperor's sexual antics with boys on Capri (some of it corroborated by Tacitus) is perhaps the best-known description of man/boy sex ever.
Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus, Roman Emperor, AD 14-69
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Vitellius" in De Vita Caesarum, ca. AD 121. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "Vitellius" in Lives of the Caesars, Loeb Classical Library volume 38, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A lively general biography recounting how he had been one of the Emperor Tiberius's kept boys and, as emperor followed the whims of a freedman who had once been his willing.slave-boy catamite.
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman Emperor, AD 37-68
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Nero" in De Vita Caesarum, ca. AD 121. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "Nero" in Lives of the Caesars, Loeb Classical Library volume 38, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A lively general biography telling of the catamite the emperor had castrated and his other boysexual antics, but strangely omitting his rape of his step-brother.
Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, Roman Emperor, AD 39-81
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Divus Titus" in De Vita Caesarum, ca. AD 121. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "The Deified Titus" in Lives of the Caesars, Loeb Classical Library volume 38, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A lively general biography recounting how Titus kept troops of ancing-boys and eunuchs to satisfy his lust.
Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus, Roman Emperor, AD 51-96
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "Domitianus" in De Vita Caesarum, ca. AD 121. Translated from the Latin by J. C. Rolfe as "Domitian" in Lives of the Caesars, Loeb Classical Library volume 38, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A lively general biography saying that, as an impoverished boy, Domitian had sold himself to powerful men, but, a little surprisingly, not mentioning his own well-documented and prominent loved-boy, Earinus.
Marcus Ulpius Traianus Augustus, Roman Emperor, AD 53-117
Julian Bennett, Trajan. Optimus Princeps, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 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.
Ish-Kishor, Sulamith. Magnificent Hadrian: A Biography of Hadrian, Emperor of Rome, London: Victor Gollancz, 1931. A sympathetic account of Hadrian, with much about his boy Antinous, but which attempts heavy-handedly to psychoanalyse the "tragedy" of the Emperor's homosexual temperament.
J. Morwood, Hadrian, London: Bloomsbury, 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.
Straton Στράτων of Sardis, Greek erotic poet, fl. ca. 120s
P. G. Maxwell-Stuart, "Strato and the Musa Puerilis" in Hermes, 1972, 100. Bd., H. 2 (1972), pp. 215-240. A scholarly analysis of what can be deduced about the ideas and tastes of the little-known compiler of The Boyish Muse.
Antinous Ἀντίνοος, 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: Viking, 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.
R.R.R. Smith, Antinous: Boy Made God, Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2018. Published to accompany a museum exhibition, a visual biography presenting previously-unpublished art-works illustrating Hadrian’s beloved as an ideal of perfect beauty.
Caesar Publius Helvius Pertinax Augustus, Roman Emperor, 126-193
Julius Capitolinus, "Helvius Pertinax", 293/305, in Historia Augusta. Translated from the Latin by David Magie as "Pertinax" in Historia Augusta, Loeb Classical Library volume 139, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1921. Read the Greek love content. The sparse but only source for the personal life of this little-known emperor, mentioning his use of his predecessor's huge collection of catamites.
Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus, Roman Emperor, 161-192
Aelius Lampridius, "Commodus Antoninus", early 4th century, in Historia Augusta. Translated from the Latin by David Magie with the Latin titles in the Loeb Classical Library volume 139, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1921. Read the Greek love content. A rather sensational general biography which describes how Commodus disreputably gave himself to men as boy as well as keeping 300 catamites as Emperor, but misses Herodian's fine account of the role of one of his kept boys in the drama of his murder.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus "Elagabalus", Roman Emperor, ca. 204-222
Aelius Lampridius, "Antoninus Heliogabalus", early 4th century, in Historia Augusta. Translated from the Latin by David Magie as "Antoninus Elagabalus" in Historia Augusta, Loeb Classical Library volume 140, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1924. Read the Greek love content. The fullest and most sensational of the three main ancient accounts of the boy Emperor who shocked Rome with his enthusiasm for sex with men, but later and less authoritative than the contemporary accounts in the histories of Herodian and Cassius Dio, who both also offer other details on this and other aspects of his life.
J. Stuart Hay, The Amazing Emperor Heliogabalus, London: Macmillan, 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 only a general life of the emperor whose openly-expressed sexual passion as a boy for virile men was extraordinary by classical standards.
Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Carinus Augustus, Roman Emperor, ca. 250-285
Flavius Vopiscus, "Carus et Carinus et Numerianus" in Historia Augusta. Translated from the Latin by David Magie as "Carus, Carinus and Numerian" in Historia Augusta, Loeb Classical Library volume 263, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1932. Read the Greek love content. A brief biography of an obscure Empeor with an even briefer mention of his seduction of youths.
Han Zigao 韩子高, 538-567, Chinese general
Li Xu 李詡, “Biography of Chen Zigao 陳子高傳”, 16th century, in Lüchuang nüshi 綠窗女史 (The History of the Women of the Green Windows) compiled by Qin-Huai yuke 秦淮寓客, ca. 1600. The historical love story of beautiful boy Han Zigao, who at 16 in ca. 554, became the favourite concubine of the general who was to become the Emperor Wen of Chen. The underlying eros which was only strongly hinted at in the seventh century Chen shu 陳書 (History of the Chen) by Yao Silian 姚思廉, volume 14, is here spelled out.
Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī بن عبد الأول بن الصباح ،ِابو علي, 756–814, Arabic poet
Ewald Wagner, Abu Nuwäs. Eine Studie zur arabischen Literatur der frühen Abbäsidenzeit, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 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: Oneworld, 2005. Besides a short biography of Abu Nuwas, a study of each category of his poetry in its historical context, including the pederastic.
Kūkai 空海, posthumously known as Kōbō Daishi 弘法大師, 774-835, Japanese Buddhist monk
Kobo daishi ikkan no sho (Kobo Daishi’s Book), surviving manuscript 1598, first published 1952. Description and partial translation by Paul Gordon Schalow as “Kukai and the Tradition of Male Love in Japanese Buddhism,” in Buddhism, Sexuality & Gender edited by José Cabezón Ignacio (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992), pp. 216-221, here. An explanation of the love of boys given posthumously in a vision to a supplicant praying for it by the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism, credited also with introducing pederasty into Japan. The detailed advice given could hardly come from one with no experience of pederasty and the original introduction also speaks of the great monk's personal experience.
St. Pelagius of Cordoba, 911/2-925, Galician martyr
Raguel of Cordoba, Passio Pelagii, written 925/967; first published in España sagrada, vol. 23, Madrid, 1867, pp. 230-35. Translated with an introduction by Jeffrey A. Bowman as "The Martyrdom of St. Pelagius" in Medieval Hagiography: An Anthology, edited by Thomas F. Head, New York: Routledge, 2001. The story of the Christian boy of 13 who died rather than yield to the lust for his beauty of the Caliph of al-Andalus, frankly acknowledging the power of his beauty and the unusualness then of his refusal to succumb to assimilation to Islamic culture.
St. Aelred of Rievaulx, 1110-67, English abbot and writer
Brian Patrick McGuire, Brother and Lover: Aelred of Rievaulx, New York: Crossroad, 1994. An informally written biography attempting to make Aelred understandable, including a balanced approach to his feelings for the boy monk Simon.
Sadi of Shiraz ابومحمّد مصلحالدین بن عبدالله شیرازی, ca. 1208-91/2, Persian poet
Domenico Ingenito, Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry, Leyden: Brill, 2020. Comprehensive but drily academic study of Sadi and his pederastic poetry, showing he saw contemplation of boys' beauty sincerely as a means of drawing closer to God (without sharing the Sufi aim of turning one's back on the world).
Fakhr al-Dīn ʿIrāqī فخرالدین ابراهیم عراقی, 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: ABC-Clio, 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, New Jersey: Princeton University Press 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.
Gilles de Rais, Baron, ca. 1405-40, French Marshal
Jean Benedetti, Gilles de Rais, New York: Stein & Day, 1971. A general biography of the companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc best known for sodomising and sadistically murdering well over a hundred children aged 6 to 18, mostly boys.
Mehmed II the Conqueror, Ottoman Sultan, 1432-81
Franz Babinger, Mehmed der Eroberer und seine Zeit: Weltenstiirmer einer Zeitenwende, Munich: F. Bruckmann, 1953. Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim as Mehmet the Conqueror and his Time, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 1978. A thorough and well-balanced general biography of the conqueror of Constantinople, including accounts of his famous sexual interactions with noble European boys.
Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi Botticelli, ca. 1445-1510, Italian painter
Jacques Mesnil, Botticelli, Paris: Albin Michel, 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, Cambridge University Press, 1939, revised 1952 and 1967. A ground-breaking and authoritative biography, concluding, amongst other things, that da Vinci relationship with his boy model Salai was classically pederastic.
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, 1477-1549, Italian painter
Giogio Vasari, "Vita di Giovannantonio detto Il Soddoma da Verzelli, pittore" in his Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori, e architettori, 2nd edition, vol. III, Florence: Giunti, 1568. Translated from the Italian by Gaston du C. de Vere as "Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, called Il Sodoma" in Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, vol. VII, London: Macmillan, 1914. Read the Greek love content. A contemporary biography explaining that this artist is best known as "Il Sodoma" (The Sodomite) since "since he always had about him boys and beardless youths, whom he loved more than was decent."
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: Luzac, 1922. Read the Greek love content. The lively autobiography of the first Mughal emperor, including his account of falling in love with a boy.
Astorre Manfredi, Lord of Faenza, 1485-1502
Michael Hone, Astorre Manfredi: The Life and Times of the Most Beautiful Boy of the Renaissance, privately printed, 2019. Manfredi was a boy lord captured by Pope Alexander VI's bastard son Cesare Borgia and imprisoned in Rome for a year, after which his naked body was found drowned in the Tiber. The sound contemporary historian Francesco Guicciardini recorded that he had suffered "execrable nefariousnesses" from "someone", hardly surprising when one considers the peculiar combination of violent circumstances, Manfredi's well-attested beauty and the popularity of sodomising boys in early modern Italy. On this slender information, the author, long engaged in converting online snippets of popular history into gay propaganda, has written this "biography" which has hardly anything to say about its subject besides making, without a shred of evidence, the grossly improbable claim that the boy was probably raped by the Pope himself.
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: Edwin Mellen, 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. First translated from the Italian by Thomas Roscoe as Memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini ... Written by Himself, London: H. Colburn & Co., 1822. Read the Greek love content. Excellent, detailed and colourful autobiography with frank references to his attachments to several boys and appreciation of their beauty, but which unsurprisingly stops short of admitting sex with them.
I. Arnaldi, La vita violenta di Benvenuto Cellini, Bari: Laterza, 1986. A thorough general biography including what is known of his sexual liaisons with boys.
Margaret A. Gallucci, Benvenuto Cellini: Sexuality, Masculinity and Artistic Identity in Renaissance Italy, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. A study focussing on the relationship between the image Cellini presented of himself in his writings (after his second and more serious conviction for sodomising an apprentice boy, all thoroughly documented) and cultural ideas of masculine identity.
Benedetto Varchi, 1503-65, Italian humanist
Umberto Pirotti, Benedetto Varchi e la cultura del suo tempo (Benedict Varchi and the Culture of His Time), Florence: Olschki, 1971. A general biography presenting plenty of explicit evidence of Varchi's love of boys, recounted in a somewhat negative tone.
Nicholas Udall, 1504-56, English headmaster and playwright
William L. Edgerton, Nicholas Udall, New York: Twayne, 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, Durham: Duke University Press, 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: Princeton University Press, 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, London: Victor Gollancz, 1998. A detailed and scholarly biography closely based on primary sources, which pays much greater attention than previous ones to Bacon's sexual liaisons with boy servants by quoting the primary sources in full. It does not, however, have anything to add to them.
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: Mitchell Kennerley, 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: Clarendon Press, 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: University of Missouri Press, 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, The History Press, 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, New York University Press, 1999. 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
Peter Robb, M: The Man Who Became Caravaggio, Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove, 1998. Dazzling and thoroughly rsearched account of the artist's tempestuous life and his art, convincing about his greatness and daringly honest and positive about his love of pubescent boys.
Andrew Graham-Dixon, Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, London: Allen Lane, 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
Frédéric Lachèvre, Le Procès de Théophile de Viau, Paris: Librairie Honoré Champion, 1909. Previously unpublished documents from the French National Arhives on de Viau's trial and condemnation for sodomisng boys.
Zhang Dai 張岱, 1597-1684, Chinese essayist and historian
Jonathan D. Spence, Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man, New York: Viking, 2007. A vivid reconstruction of the interesting and dramatic life and times of the gentleman writer, but which does not elaborate on his pederasty beyond quoting the line in the obituary he wrote of himself that "he loved handsome serving boys".
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.
Charles Coypeau "Dassoucy", 1605-77, French musician and poet
Jean-Luc Hennig, Dassoucy & les garçons (Dassoucy and the Boys), Paris: Fayard, 2011. A full biography valuable not only for its account of Dassoucy's affairs with his "musical pages", but for the pederastic milieux of the period.
Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, 1610-70
[Luca Ombrosi?}, Vita di Ferdinando II. quinto granduca di Toscana (Life of Ferdinand II, fifth Grand Duke of Tuscany), ms. 1737/50, edited for publication by Filippo Orlando and Giuseppe Baccini, Florence: Giornale di Erudizione, 1886. A general biography including the story of the Grand Duke's love affair with his page Bruto, with whom he also joined in sex play with his other most beautiful page.
Giovanni Battista Lulli, 1632-87, French composer of Italian origin
R.H.F. Scott, Jean-Baptiste Lully, London: Peter Owen, 1973. A general biography focussed more on Lully's pederasty than on his music.
Count Bruto di Tebaldo Annibaldi della Molara, 1639-1685, Florentine courtier
Walter Bernardi, Il Paggio e l’anatomista; Science, Sangue e Sesson alla corte del Granduca di Toscana (The Page and the Anatomist; Science, Blood and Sesson at the Court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany), Florence: Le Lettere, 2008. Long known as the beautiful Roman pageboy with whom Ferdinando II, Grand Duke of Tuscany was caught by his wife in flagrante delicto in ca. 1652, this study from Florentine archives showed he remained an important and trusted courtier until expelled by the vengeful wife on the Grand Duke's death.
Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, 1671-1737
[Luca Ombrosi?}, Vita di Gio. Gastone I Settimo ed ultimo Granduca della R. Casa de' Medici, con la lista dei provvisionati di Camera, dal volgo detti i Ruspanti, ms. 1737/50, edited for publicaion by Filippo Orlando and Giuseppe Baccini, Florence: Giornale di Erudizione, 1886. Translated from the Italian by Harold Acton as The Last of the Medici, Florence: Orioli, 1930. Read the Greek love content. An 18th-century manuscript sufficiently explicit about Gian Gastone's pederasty for the unsold copies of Acton's translation to be seized by detectives for obscenity.
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: SP/44 Editore, 1995. In Italian only. A mixture of archival documentation and historical fiction.
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: Opus libri, 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 as well as much his most influential advisor.
Carolus VI, Holy Roman Emperor, 1685-1740
Konstantin Pachner von Zobor, “Aus den Tagebüchern Kaiser Karls VI. Anmerkungsheft,” typewritten ms.,Vienna, 1946, OeStA, HHStA, HA, Abschriften Tagebücher Kaiser Karls VI. Quotes with commentary from the Emperor's unpublished private diaries in the Austrian State Archives showing that, besides affairs with his beloved wife, many other women and his best friend, for the last year of his life he had a sexual liaison with a hunter's boy of whom he wrote "the boy is my greatest love."
Charlotte Backerra, "Disregarding Norms: Emperor Charles VI and His Intimate Relationships" in Royal Studies Journal, Vol 6 No2, Winchester University Press, 2019. An exploration of how the Emperor may have reconciled his his Catholic piety with his extra-marital affairs, especially the homosexual two, providing additional likely surmise on the love affair with a hunter's boy mentioned in his diaries.
Zheng Xie 鄭燮, 1693-1765, Chinese painter
Zheng Xie, Banqiao ji 板橋集 (Collected Writings), 18th century. A miscellany including several references to the author's love of boys.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-78, Genevan philosopher
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les Confessions, Launette Aux Deux-Ponts: Chez Sanson, 1782-9. Translated by J. M. Cohen as The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau, Harmondworth, Middlesex: Penguin, 1952. Read the Greek love content. An autobiography down to 1765, including the story of the attempted seduction of the 15-year-old Rousseau by a Croat pederast in Turin.
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: Stanford University Press, 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: Centaur Press, 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: J. Murray, 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, London: Faber & Faber, 1985. 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.
Paul Elledge, Lord Byron at Harrow School: Speaking Out, Talking Back, Acting Up, Bowing Out, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2000. A study of Lord Byron's school years at Harrow with some attention paid to his relationships with younger teens. Has interesting information on Byron's homosexuality and upper-class English sexual mores, but is mainly written for those already well-informed about the poet's life.
Fiona Maccarthy, Byron, Life and Legend, London: John Murray, 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. A detailed 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, London: Hachette, 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.
Katherine Molinoff, Walt Whitman at Southold, Brookville, New York: C.W. Post College of Long Island University, 1966. PDF. A presentation of the evidence that while teaching at a school in Southold, Long Island in 1841, Whitman, then 22, was tarred and feathered for having sodomised one or more of his boy pupils.
Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados, edited by Charley Shively, San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1987. Edited correspondence between Walt Whitman and various teenaged youth and young men, with commentary often twisting facts to make Whitman appear to be a forerunner of the modern gay man.
Walt Whitman's Civil War Boy Lovers, edited by Charley Shively, San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1989. Edited correspondence between Walt Whitman and various teenaged youth and young men, with commentary often twisting facts to make Whitman appear to be a forerunner of the modern gay man.
Gary Schmidgall, Walt Whitman: A Gay Life, New York: 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: State University of New York Press, 2010. Review. 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.
Gustave Flaubert, 1821-80, French novelist.
Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt, compiled and translated by Francis Steegmuller, London: The Bodley Head, 1972. Read the Greek love content. Flaubert's travel notes intermingled with his letters from his time in Egypt 1849-50, including his sexual experiences with boys there.
Horatio Alger, 1832-99, American novelist.
Gary Scharnhorst, Horatio Alger Jr., Boston: Twayne, 1980.
Gary Scharnhorst & Jack Bales, The Lost Life of Horatio Alger Jr., Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985. PDF.
Charles George Gordon, 1833-85, British major-general
Lawrence and Elisabeth Hanson, Gordon: The Story of a Hero, London: Peter Davies, 1953. A biography was expanded on eminent historian Lytoon Strachey's vague innuendo to the same effect, to describe the general's "penchant for young boys," which is described as at least physically exciting.
Godfrey Elton, General Gordon, London: Collins, 1954. A detailed biography by a well-established historian making unusually clear that "boys had always specially attracted" Gordon, while women did not, but making clear his tendency to repress his feelings.
Philip Clayton Van Buskirk, 1833-1903, American marine
Rebel at Large: The Diary of Confederate Deserter Philip Van Buskirk edited by B.R. Burg, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2009. Diaries written in 1861-5 and with more to say about the author's attraction to the boys he encountered than about military matters.
B. R. Burg, An American Seafarer in the Age of Sail: The Erotic Diaries of Philip C. Van Buskirk, 1851-1870, New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1994. A study of some of the diaries of an educated and reflective young man; two chapters concentrate on his account of his and other seamen's erotic involvement with boys as well as women.
Oscar Browning, 1837-1923, English historian.
Ian Anstruther, Oscar Browning, A Biography, London: John Murray, 1983. Review. Thorough and interesting biography of a highly eccentric Eton schoolmaster and Cambridge don probably not quite chaste in his love of boys, but who mostly got away with being dangerously outspoken about it.
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, New Haven: Yale University Press, 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: Schirmer, 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: Hutchinson, 1984, edited by P. Grosskurth. Read the Greek love content.
Charles Warren Stoddard, 1843-1909, American travel writer
Roger Austen, Genteel Pagan: The Double Life of Charles Warren Stoddard, edited by John Crowley, Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts, 1991. The title alludes to the subject's liaisons with teenage boys in Pacific islands as well as the USA while hiding their sexual character from his readers.
Abdur Rahman Khan عبدالرحمن خان, Emir of Afghanistan, 1844-1901
Sultan Mohammad Khan, The Life of Abdur Rahman, Amir of Afghanistan, 2 vols. London: John Murray, 1900. A biography of the emir by his secretary, of which the first part is an edited translation of the emir's own autobiography. The great importance to him of his page-boys is made clear, while unsurprisingly the sexual dimension to his fondness for them is not mentioned.
Paul Verlaine, 1844-96, French poet
Jeffrey Meyers, "The Savage Experiment: Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine" in The Kenyon Review, New Series, Vol. 33, No. 3, Summer 2011, pp. 167-180. An account of the tempestuous two-year love affair of Verlaine with the 16-18-year-old fellow poet Rimbaud.
Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher, 1852-1930, English historian and politician.
James Lees-Milne, The Enigmatic Edwardian, Sidgwick & Jackson, 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), Grevesmühlen: NWM-Verlag, 1995. In German only.
Sir Hector Archibald Macdonald, 1853-1903, British major-general
Trevor Royle, Death Before Dishonour: The True Story of Fighting Mac, Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1982; revised as Fighting Mac: the downfall of Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald, Edinburgh: Mainstream Digital, 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: S. Civita, 1989.
Carlo Knight: Die Capri-Utopie von Krupp - L'utopia caprese di Krupp (Krupp's Caprian Utopia), Capri: La Conchiglia, 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: C. H. Beck, 2010, pp. 157-178. An essay using largely the arguments convincingly made by Norman Douglas in his memoir Looking Back, qv., to show 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: Fourth Estate, 2003.
Neil McKenna, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde: An Intimate Biography, London: Century, 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: Amberley, 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.
Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud, 1854-91, French poet
Jeffrey Meyers, "The Savage Experiment: Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine" in The Kenyon Review, New Series, Vol. 33, No. 3, Summer 2011, pp. 167-180. An account of the tempestuous two-year love affair of the 16-18-year-old Rimbaud with fellow poet Verlaine, eleven years older.
Baron Wilhelm Iwan Friederich August von Gloeden, 1856-1931, German photographer in Sicily.
Charles Leslie, Wilhelm Von Gloeden Photographer. A Brief Introduction to His Life and Work, New York: Soho Photographic Pubishers, 1977.
Joseph Kiermeier-Debre & Fritz Franz Vogel, Wilhelm von Gloeden – auch ich in Arkadien, Cologne: Böhlau, 2007.
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: Masaryk University Press, 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: Constable, 1979. Review. An excellent, balanced and thoroughly researched biography with input from the surviving "lost boy", leaving an impression of Barrie as a chaste and probably unconscious but passionate boysexual.
Frederick William Rolfe, 1860-1913, English writer.
Frederick Rolfe, The Venice Letters with Illustrations by the Author edited by Cecil Woolf, London: Cecil Woolf, 1974. Read the Greek love content. Twenty-five letters sent from Venice in the last years of his life to a fellow English boy-lover, about half of which concern their mutual delight in Venetian boys, some quite explicit about what the latter offered.
A. J. A. Symons, The Quest for Corvo, London: Cassell, 1934. An iconically original biography in that it is told as the story of the author's search for knowledge and understanding of his subject, for whom boys were central to his mystery. An unflattering and slightly sensational account of Rolfe that is largely responsible for his lasting fame.
Donald Weeks, Corvo, London: Joseph, 1971. Poorly-written but painstaking reconstruction of every episode in Rolfe's life, well-researched but let down through failure to give sources.
Miriam J. Bencovitz, Frederick Rolfe, Baron Corvo, New York: G. P. Putnam, 1977. The most scholarly of the general biographies of Rolfe, so the best for hard information, but tending to drown his personality in tedious detail.
Robert Scoble, Raven. The Turbulent World of Baron Corvo, London: Strange Attractor, 2013. A fascinating series of well-researched essays on various aspects of Rolfe and some of the interesting characters who came into his life, with plenty about his love of boys.
Revd. Edwin Emmanuel Bradford, 1860-1944, English vicar and poet
C. Caunter, Eyes lit with the light of other skies: The joyful life of Edwin Emmanuel Bradford, first published on this website, 2022. Read here. Thoroughly researched account of the life of a Uranian poet who reconciled his Christianity with active boy-love.
Lewis Vernon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, 1863-1922, British Secretary of State for the Colonies
Patrick Johnson, “Harcourt, Lewis Vernon, first Viscount Harcourt” in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2006. Authoritative but short general biography, which analyses the belief widespread in high society that Harcourt killed himself over an exposed attempt to seduce an Eton schoolboy of 13, but ignores all the other contemporary evidence of his pederasty.
Constantine Peter Cavafy, 1863-1933, Alexandrian writer of Greek poetry
Robert Liddell, Cavafy: A Critical Biography, Duckworth, 1974. A general biography which includes as a central theme the subject’s sexual liaisons with Alexandrian youths.
Alexandre Yersin, 1863-1943, Franco-Swiss bacteriologist.
Louis Geschenk [Jean-Claude Féray], "Un savant estimable peut-il être pédophile? Le cas Alexandre Yersin" in L’Élu (online journal), No. 2, 2009, pp. 106-114. Translated for this website as "Can a Worthy Scholar Be a Pedophile? The case of Alexandre Yersin". Read on this website. Argues persuasively on the basis of primary sources quoted in the biography by Henri H. Mollaret and Jacqueline Brossollet, Alexandre Yersin ou le vainqueur de la peste (1985), that the discoverer of the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague was a boy-lover (conflated with pedophilia), the authors of that otherwise excellent biography having denied the obvious through prejudice.
Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, 1864-92, British prince.
Theo Aronson, Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld, London: John Murray, 1994. Review. The only substantial biography of this prince who would have become King but for his premature death, rightly dismissing silly speculation that he was Jack the Ripper, but presenting sound evidence he was involved in the pederastic Cleveland Street scandal of 1889.
John Henry Mackay, 1864-1933, German writer.
Hubert Kennedy, Anarchist of Love: The Secret Life of John Henry Mackay, New York: Mackay Society, 1983; revised & expanded edition, San Francisco: Peremptory, 2002. A sound short biography with emphasis on Mackay's love of boys and writings about Greek love.
Vishvanath Singh, Maharaja of Chhatarpur, 1866-1932
Joe Ackerley, Hindoo Holiday: An Indian Journal, expurgated edition, London: Chatto & Windus, 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, Paris: Quintes-Feuilles, 2008.
George Norman Douglas, 1868-1952, Scottish writer.
Norman Douglas, Looking Back: An Autobiographical Excursion, London: Chatto & Windus, 1933. Read the Greek love content. Miscellaneous recollections recounted with typical wit, including some fairly frank ones about his sexual liaisons with boys.
Mark Holloway, Norman Douglas: a Biography, London: Secker & Warburg, 1976. Read the Greek love content. Review. A thorough and 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, Capri: Edizioni La Conchiglia, 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: W. Neugebauer, 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, many of them found upsetting by recent historians for their evidence that Douglas's boys had positive views of their affairs with him.
Rachel Hope Cleves, Unspeakable: A Life Beyond Sexual Morality, University of Chicago Press, 2020. Review. A study of Douglas's liaisons with boys (and, to a lesser extent, girls), the main focus of which is the author's relish in what she sees as a successful balancing act between not suppressing the historical evidence that the liaisons were felt to be good by the participants in them and yet maintaining her blind allegiance to the current dogma that makes them taboo.
Mwanga II, King of Buganda, 1868-1903
Samwiri Lwanga-Lunyiigo, Mwanga II: Resistance to Imposition of British Colonial Rule in Buganda, 1884-1899. Kampala: Wavah, 2011. A fierce polemic trying to argue that the historical record on this interesting King is an invented colonial conspiracy, especially the many witness accounts of his sexual liaisons with his pubescent boy pages. The author's objectivity on the topic may be judged by his explanation in an interview that those who practise homosexuality "are no longer human."
Robert Baldwin Ross, 1869-1918, Canadian journalist.
Jonathan Fryer, Robbie Ross: Oscar Wilde's True Love, London: Constable, 2000.
Joseph Vacher, 1869-98, French serial killer.
Alexandre Lacassagne, Vacher l'éventreur et les crimes sadiques (Vacher the Ripper and Sadistic Crimes), Lyon: Storck, 1899. By the doctor whose conclusions as to his sanity secured his condemnation to the guillotine, a study of the man (often considered the French Jack the Ripper) who raped and murdered five shepherd boys of 14-15 as well as six females.
Marc Renneville, Vacher l’éventreur. Archives d’un tueur en série (Vacher the Ripper. Archives of a Serial Killer), Grenoble: Jérôme Million, 2019. An exhaustive presentation and analysis of all the evidence concerning Vacher's crimes and trial, designed to present the reader with the chance to appraise it for himself, rather than to be a biography.
André Paul Guillaume Gide, 1869-1951, Nobel Laureate French writer
André Gide, Si le grain ne meurt, Paris: Gallimard, 1924 , translated from the French by Dorothy Bussy as If It Die ..., New York: Random House, 1935, unexpurgated edition, London: Penguin, 1977. Read the Greek love content. A frank autobiography down to Gide's engagement in 1895, including details of his sexual initiatement with boys in North Africa in 1893-5.
André Gide, Deux récits. Jeunesse. Aqua Santa (Two Stories. Youth. Aqua Santa), Paris: [Jacques Schiffrin], 1938. Two short autobiographical works, printed in only 21 copies and not for sale. Aqua Santa relates Gide's trip to Italy in 1912 where he became besotted with a young handicapped boy named Bernardino.
André Gide, Égypte 1939 (Egypt 1939). [Paris: 1951]. Gide's unexpurgated diaries, which recount his trip to Egypt in 1939 and his pursuit of sexual encounters with young Egyptian éphèbes, including a much desired young elevator boy. Limited to only 21 copies and published anonymously several months after his death.
André Gide, Journal 1889-1949, 4 vols., 1939-, edited and translated from the French by J. O'Brien, 4 vols., London: Secker & Warburg, 1947-51.
Henri Ghéon & André Gide, Correspondance, 1897-1944, 2 volumes, Paris: Gallimard, 1976. In French only.
Patrick Pollard, Andre Gide: Homosexual Moralist, New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Press, 1991. A study of pederasty as a central theme in Gide’s writings, which also traces the movements that influenced his thought.
Alan Sheridan, André Gide: A Life in the Present, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1998.
André Gide, Le Ramier (The Woodpigeon), Paris: Gallimard, 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, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2000.
Henri Jeoffrai, 1873-1915, French brigadier
Georges Hérelle, untitled ms. of 1902-3 [The testimony of Henri Jeoffrai] in Jean-Claude Féray, “Un témoignage sur la pédérastie en Chine recueilli en 1902 et 1903 par Georges Hérelle” in Quintes-Feuilles (online journal), Bulletin trimestriel no. 21, January 2021, pp. 5-9. Translated for this website as "A testimony on pederasty in China collected in 1902 and 1903 by Georges Hérelle". Read on this website. A witness account of boy prostitution in Peking, with particular reference to his own and other French officers' enjoyment of it.
Paul Thomas Mann, 1875-1955, Nobel Laureate German writer.
Thomas Mann, Diaries 1918-1939, translated into English by R. and C. Winston, New York: H. N. Abrams, 1982.
Anthony Heilbut, Thomas Mann: Eros and Literature, London: Macmillan, 1996.
Gilbert Adair, The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann's 'Death in Venice' and the Boy Who Inspired It, London: Short, 2001. Review. A short and lively but poorly-researched account of the life of a Pole named Wladyslaw Moes, concentrating on his claim to have been the boy who inspired Mann's famous novella. The claim, though weak, was accepted uncritically and popularised by the author, and despite never being substantiated, has been generally accepted since.
Forrest Reid, 1875-1947, Irish writer
Brian Taylor, The Green Avenue: The Life and Writings of Forrest Reid, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980. The definitive study of Reid's life and writings, clear that he "loved boys, wrote about boys, and wanted to write about nothing else. His inclinations, albeit sexual in origin, found expression in all of his opinions and ideas, on literature and on life."
Charlie Powerscourt, born ca. 1879, English writer
[Charlie Powerscourt], Memoirs of a Voluptuary, "New Orleans" [Paris: Charles Carrington], 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.
Friedrich Heinrich Karl "Fritz" Haarmann, 1879-1925, German serial killer
Theodor Lessing, Haarmann. Die Geschichte eines Werwolfs. Arnstadt, 1925. Translated from the German as "Haarmann, the Story of a Werewolf" in Monsters of Weimar, London: Nemesis, 1993. Reliable account of the man who raped and murdered at least twenty-four mostly teenage boys in Hanover between 1918 and 1924, exposing the fact that he had been a police spy and showing the culpability of various bureaucrats.
Patrick Henry Pearse, 1879-1916, Irish revolutionary
Joost Augusteijn, Patrick Pearse: The Making of a Revolutionary, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. The most authoritative biography of Pearse so far, concluding that "it seems most probable that he was sexually inclined this way [to boys]."
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: La Conchiglia, 2018. In Italian only. The boy-loving exile in Capri's poems and documents on his life translated into Italian and lavishly illustrated.
Viveka Adelswärd and Jacques Perot, Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen, l’insoumis de Capri (Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen, the Rebel of Capri), Paris: Séguier, 2018. A general autobiography by two of the subject's cousins which purports to shed new light on him through letters and unpublished family archives, but does so only regarding family history, otherwise whitewashing him for current sensibilities and hiding the pederastic character of his homosexuality.
Wintermans, Caspar, Un Scandale Belle Époque, l’affaire d’Adelswärd à travers la presse parisienne (A Belle Époque scandal, the Adelswärd affair seen through the Parisian press), The Hague: Callipyge, 2021. A thoroughly-researched and beautifully produced book enabling the reader to follow the boysexual scandal in which d’Adelswärd was embroiled in 1903 through the contemporary press of all persuasions.
Jacob Israel de Haan, 1881-1924, Dutch writer and settler in Palestine
Ludy Giebels, "Jacob Israel de Haan in Mandate Palestine: was the victim of the first Zionist political assassination a 'Jewish Lawrence of Arabia'? in Jewish Historical Studies, Vol. 46, 2014, pp. 107-129. A summary of de Haan's life showing that he was murdered because he challenged Zionism and including several references to the happiness he found in dalliances with Arab boys.
Edward Mark Slocum, 1882-1945, American chemist
Rosenthal, Donald A., An Arcadian Photographer in Manhattan: Edward Mark Slocum, Portsmouth: Callum James Books, 2011. A brief, well-researched biography focussed on Slocum's photography of young males, with sadly nothing certain to reveal about his sexual involvement with boys.
Karol Maciej Szymanowski, 1882-1937, Polish composer
Hubert Kennedy, "Karol Szymonski, his boy-love novel, and the boy he loved," in Paidika vol. 3, no. 3, 1994, pp. 26-33. A brief biography with emphasis on the composer's love of boys, a dominant theme of his life from his visit to Sicily in 1911, his love affair with 15-year-old Boris Kochno and his mostly lost pederastic novel.
Umberto Saba, 1883-1957, Italian poet and novelist,
Mario Lavagetto, La gallina di Saba, Turin: Einaudi, 1974. In Italian only. Freudian analysis of Saba's writings, including hs pederasty.
Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt, 14th Baron Berners, 1883-1950, English composer
Lord Berners, First Childhood, London: Constable, 1934. Read the Greek love content. An autobiography down to the age of thirteen, including the lengthy story of his passionate romantic attachment, aged nine, to a boy three or four years older at his preparatory school, Cheam.
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: Nicole Canet, , pp. 189-264. In French only.
Ludvig Leif Sadi Qvist, later Rovsing, 1887-1977, Danish tennis champion
L. Rovsing, I tropesol og måneskin (Under the Sun and the Moon of the Tropics), Hellerup: privately printed, 1959. A first-hand account of the delights to be had in sexual liaisons with adolescent boys in Bali and Ceylon, compared with the drab and restricting conditions for boysexuals in the author's native Denmark.
Willem Eduard Keuning "de Mérode", 1887-1939, Dutch poet
Hans Werkman, De wereld van Willem de Mérode (The World of William de Mérode), Amsterdam: De Arbeiderspers, 1983. Revised edition, Soesterberg: Aspekt, 2011. A prize-winning biography of the poet once imprisoned over his love of boys, later considerably revised with new material, notably on the subject's own view of his pederasty.
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.
Hans Werkman, De Mérode en de jongens: Biografische fragmenten (De Mérode and the Boys: Biographical Fragments), Baarn, Utrecht: De Prom, 1991. A sequel and supplement to the same author's earlier biography of de Mérode, drawing its insights from his poems and interviews with the farm-boys he had loved in their early and mid teens.
Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, 1887-1976, British Field Marshal
T. E. B. Howarth (editor), Monty at Close Quarters: Recollections of the Man, London: Leo Cooper, 1985. Read the Greek love content. A series of recollections by twelve close friends and associates of the widowered "Monty", of whom two had as boys had chaste but special friendships with the widowed national hero, one more obviously "Greek" in character than the other.
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, New York: Chelsea House, 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's 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: Simon & Schuster, 1976. The sad story of the world's top tennis player for six years, subsequently shunned and ruined due to two convictions for sex with willing boys of 14 and 16.
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, 1893-1918, English poet
Dominic Hibberd, Owen the Poet, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986) and Wilfred Owen: A New Biography, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 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: Vintage Digital, 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
Pierre Sipriot, Montherlant sans masque (Montherlant without Mask), 2 volumes, Paris: Robert Laffont: Vol. 1, L'Enfant prodigue (The Prodigal Son), 1982; Vol. 2, Écris avec ton sang (Write with your Blood), 1990. A thorough and personal biography which revealed that the subject was embroiled in liaisons with pubescent boys throughout his adult life.
Henri de Montherlant & Roger Peyrefitte, Correspondance (1938-41), presentation and notes by R. Peyrefitte and Pierre Sipriot, Paris: R. Laffont, 1983. The earliest of the frank letters about their liaisons exchanged between two friends who were the most prominent literary French boy-lovers of their generation.
Alméras, Philippe, Montherlant: une vie en double (Montherlant: A Double Life), Versailles: Via Romana, 2009. Thorough, though poorly produced, biography with new sources found to give a more complete picture of Montherlant, and with interesting reflections on why society since his time had become far more hostile to pederasty and thus him.
Walter Spies, 1895-1942, German artist
Hans Rhodius and John Darling, Walter Spies and Balinese Art, Amsterdam: Terra Zutphen, 1980. The story of the painter most instrumental in drawing European attention to Balinese art, imprisoned for nine months during a Dutch crackdown on homosexuality in their East Indies and soon after drowned during a deportation of German nationals.
Joe Randolph Ackerley, 1896-1967, English writer
Joe Ackerley, My Father and Myself, London: The Bodley Head, 1968. Read the Greek love content. A joint biography of his father and himself, including an account of his schooldays at Rossall, where a much older boy tried to seduce him when he was 11, and he, at 17, fell in love with a much younger boy he dared not touch.
Michael Childers Davidson, 1897-1975, English journalist
Michael Davidson, The World, the Flesh and Myself, London: Arthur Barker, 1962. Article linking to Greek love content. Contemporary press reviews. The full autobiography of an international reporter with a generally interesting life, but principally fascinating for the prominence he accords it as the story of a lover of boys.
Michael Davidson, Some Boys, London: David Bruce & Watson, 1969. Article linking to Greek love content. Sixteen independent short stories about the itinerant journalist's liaisons with boys in different locales in three continents, combining first-rate travel writing with brilliant evocation of the experience of loving boys.
Michael Davidson, Sicilian Vespers and other writings by Michael Davidson, edited with notes and a brief biography by Edmund Marlowe, London: Arcadian Dreams, 2021. Review. A biography, a travel book about a little Sicilian island, an unfinished contiunuation of his above-mentioned memoir, The World, ..., Davidson's correspondence with friends 1926-75, and reminiscences of him.
Heinz Rutha, 1897-1937, Sudeten Bohemian firniture maker
Mark Cornwall, The Devil's Wall: The Nationalist Youth Mission of Heinz Rutha, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2012. Meticulously researched life of a Sudetenland German nationalist who killed himself while remanded in prison for his liaisons with teenage boys.
Jef Last, 1898-1972, Dutch writer
Rudi Wester, Bestaat er een raarder leven dan het mijne? (Is There a Stranger Life Than Mine?), Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2021. A sympathetic full biography of this radical leftist adventurer, open about his love of adolescent boys and travels with his friend André Gide in search of them.
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: Callum James, 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.
Colin Carhart McPhee, 1900-64, Canadian composer
Colin McPhee, A House in Bali, New York: The Asia Press, 1944. A finely-observed memoir of the author's life in Bali in the 1930s, the principal characters described being the house-boys and boy dancers and musicians with whom he was close, though the sexual character of his relationships with them is unsurprisingly not mentioned.
Carol J. Oja, Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds, Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institute, 1990. A brief, well-researched biography, which fills in from correspondence what was missing from McPhee's memoir: his openly flaunted pederasty in 1930s Bali.
Prince Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas of Battenberg, later surnamed Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, 1900-79
Andrew Lownie, “Chapter 28. Rumours” in his The Mountbattens, London: Blink, 2019. A chapter in a general well-balanced, joint biography of Mountbatten and his wife that is devoted to credible but unprovable allegations that Mountbatten had homosexual liaisons, with a preference for boys of 13 to 14.
James Milton Parker Dooley, 1902-55+, American dr. of medicine
[Anon.] "The Strange Case of Dr. Dooley" in National Review. A weekly journal of opinion 7 Dec. 1955, Vol. 1 Issue 3, pp. 9-15. An article about a doctor convicted on his own confession of consensual sex with troubled boys as a successful means of therapy, written with a view to excoriating "liberals" through describing their remarkable support for him.
[Anon.] "Strange Case of Dr. Dooley" in Unbound, vol. 1, no. 1, San Francisco, 1986, pp. 9-19. Read on this website. An article on the same subject, but focussed on the well-witnessed success of the doctor's therapy.
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.
Hans-Joachim Oertel known as Hajo Ortil, 1905-83, German photographer and writer
"Interview with Hajo Ortil" in Pan: a magazine about boy-love no. 9 (Amsterdam, March 1981) pp. 18-26. Read on this website. A discussion with Ortil about his life only two years before his death, with emphasis on the love of boys that dominated his life.
Edward Brongersma, "Herinneringen aan Hajo Ortil" in Martijn no. 20 (Netherlands, June-July 1984). Translated from Dutch to French and slightly shortened as "Un pionnier. Hajo Ortil" in: L’Espoir 16 (Jan.-Feb. 1985).
Puyi 溥儀, Emperor of China and later Manchukuo, 1906-67
Edward Behr, The Last Emperor, London: Macdonald, 1987. Read the Greek love content. A prize-winning general biography which did all that practically could be done to reveal the hitherto-concealed evidence for the Emperor's sexual antics with his adolescent page-boys.
Terence Hanbury White, 1906-64, English novelist
Sylvia Townsend Warner, T. H. White: A Biography, London: Jonathan Cape, 1967. Read the Greek love content. The general biography of a tormented and apparently chaste boy-lover, celebrated for his best-selling Arthurian novels, revealing and compelling for its willingness to rely on White's witings to describe his sexual dilemma.
Sandro Penna, 1906-77, Italian poet
Elio Pecora, Sandro Penna. Una cheta follia (Sandro Penna. A Calm Madness), Milan: Frassinelli, 1984. A thorough biography of this boy-lover ("not homosexual but pederast" in his own words) by a close friend partly responsible for fostering his reputation as one of the greatest Italian poets.
Gordon Stewart Northcott, 1906-30, Canadian serial killer
James Jeffrey Paul, Nothing is Strange with You: The Life and Crimes of Gordon Stewart Northcott, Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibris, 2008. Biography of the psychopathic young Canadian chicken farmer who raped or seduced countless boys aged 9 to 15 and murdered a few who knew too much, concentrating heavily on the court testimony.
Edward William Frank James, 1907-84, English poet
Edward James, Swans reflecting Elephants: my Early Years, edited by George Melly, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1982. Read the Greek love content. A memoir of his youth including the attempted seduction of him, aged 12, by Lord Harcourt, a former Cabinet minister, whose suicide soon after was believed to have been in consequence.
Roger Peyrefitte, 1907–2000, French writer
Henry de Montherlant & Roger Peyrefitte, Correspondance (1938-41), presentation and notes by R. Peyrefitte and Pierre Sipriot, Paris: R. Laffont, 1983. The earliest of the frank letters between these two friends about their mutual interest in pubescent boys, some of it in coded language.
Roger Peyrefitte, Notre Amour, Paris: Flammarion, 1967, translated from the French by John Stefan as Our Love, online only. PDF. 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. Faithfully recounted, except for a few details changed to protect the boy.
Paul Xavier Gianolli, Roger Peyrefitte ou les clés du scandale, Paris: Fayard, 1970.
Roger Peyrefitte, Propos Secrets, Paris: Albin Michel, 1977. Memoirs, including explicit accounts of his affairs with a few women and many boys, and revelations about others which involved him in libel actions.
Roger Peyrefitte, Propos Secrets 2, Paris Albin Michel, 1980. More witty and scandalous memoirs, including accounts of his affairs with boys as a young diplomat in Athens and later in Italy; also a chapter on André Gide.
Antoine Deléry, Roger Peyrefitte, le sulfureux, Montpellier: H&O, 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: Ross, 1967. Read the Greek love content. A memoir concentrated on the author's five years from 1929 as a schoolmaster at Wellington College.
George James “Jim” Henry Lees-Milne, 1908-97, English writer
Michael Bloch, James Lees-Milne: The Life, London: John Murray, 2009. Read the Greek Love content. A biography by the subject's close friend and literary executor, including his seduction at 15 by an older boy at Eton and subsequent affairs with other boys there.
Lewis Levien Thompson, 1909-49, English poet & wanderer
Lewis Thompson, Mirror to the Light: Reflections on Consciousness and Experience, edited by Richard Lannoy, London: Coventure, 1984. Includes Thompson's journals from childhood onwards with copious reflections on the responsive boys of India.
Brian Otto Drexel, 1909-88, American writer
Casimir Dukahz [Brian Otto Drexel], The Asbestos Diary, New York: Oliver Layton, 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 believe the grapevine that this book and its three sequels are the latter.
Casimir Dukahz [Brian Otto Drexel], It's a Boy, Amsterdam: Coltsfoot, 1984. PDF. The second of three sequels, similar to the last.
Casimir Dukahz [Brian Otto Drexel], Growing Old Disgracefully, Amsterdam: Acolyte, 1986. PDF. The last and worst of this series of four, which had progressively disappointed after its superb beginning, the humour becoming much cruder, the now-decrepit author more narrowly sex-obsessed and less principled, and the emotional rapports much rarer.
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.
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams, 1911-83, American playwright
Tennessee William's Letters to Donald Windham, 1940–1965, edited and with comments by Donald Windham, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977. Read the Greek love content. The Greek love content of these letters amounts to one letter of 1943, in which Williams described a sexual orgy he had with a "Ganymede of 15 years".
Edward Brongersma, 1911-98, Dutch senator and lawyer
"Farewell to the Dutchman" in the NAMBLA Bulletin, XIX no. 1 (August 1998) pp. 11-14. Summaries of Brongersma's life and personality by Adrian Marlowe, Robin Sharpe and Mark, all of whom knew him.
Paul Goodman, 1911-72, American writer
Parker Rossman, "Response to Adolescence: An Educator’s Story", being the sixth chapter of his Sexual Experience Between Men and Boys, New York: Association Press, 1976. Read on this website. A biography told in the first person from Goodman's own writings with emphasis on his love of boys.
Heinz Dörmer, 1912-98, German youth leader
Andreas Sternweiler, Und alles wegen der Jungs: Pfadfinderführer und KZ-Häftling: Heinz Dörmer (And all because of Boys: Scout Leader and Concentration Camp Prisoner Heinz Dörmer), Berlin: R. Winkel, 1994. The story of one repeatedly imprisoned over three decades (including five years in concentration camps) for sexual liaisons with boys, the first time, aged 23, concerning boys in his scout troop.
Henry "Harry" Hay, 1912-2002, American homosexual and communist activist
Stuart, Timmons, Stuart (1990). The Trouble with Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement, Boston, Massachusetts: Alyson, 1990. A general biography including Hay's account of how, aged 14, he "molested" a merchant-seaman of about 25, to whom he felt lifelong gratitude for his introduction to homosex.
Johannes "Jan" Bernardus Maria Raphael Hanlo, 1912-69, Dutch writer
Jan Hanlo, Go to the Mosk: Brieven uit Morokko (Go to the Mosque: Letters from Morocco), Amsterdam: Van Oorschot, 1971. In Dutch only. A book of letters focussed on the author's sexual adventures with boys in Morocco.
Jan Hanlo, Brieven (Letters), 2 vols., 1931–1962 and 1963–1969, both Amsterdam: Van Oorschot, 1989. In Dutch only. Posthumously published correspondence, often frank about his sexual adventures with boys.
Hans Renders, Zo meen ik dat ook jij bent. Biografie van Jan Hanlo, Amsterdam: Arbeiderspers, 1998. In Dutch only. A general biography with much to say about Hanlo's pederasty.
Alan Mathison Turing, 1912-57, English mathematician
Andrew Hodges, The Enigma, London: Burnett, 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.
Sanford Wesley Clark, 1913-91, Canadian postman
Anthony Flacco, The Road out of Hell, New York: Union Square, 2009. A biography, much based on information from the subject's adopted son, of the serial killer Stewart Northcott's nephew, who lived with him aged 13 to 15, was raped by him and forced to help cover-up his rape and murder of other boys.
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: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 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
Humphrey Carpenter, Benjamin Britten, London: Faber, 1992. A thoroughly-researched general biography that assigns great importance in his life to Britten’s love of boys, and includes some additional material on it not repeated in Bridcut’s more specialist study.
John Bridcut, Britten’s Children, London: Faber & Faber, 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.
Gavin Maxwell, 1914-69, Scottish naturalist and author
Douglas Bottig, Gavin Maxwell: A Life, London: Harper Collins, 1993. An authorised biography, in which the author says he was not allowed to say much about his subject's homosexuality and barely admitted its pederastic character. This is a sad example of the hitherto-successful suppression of knowledge of an interesting boysexual life.
Donald Stuart Leslie Friend, 1915–1989, Australian artist.
Donald Friend, The Diaries, vol. IV only, Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2006. Read the Greek love content. The last volume of the much-respected painter's diaries, covering his time in Bali and Australia between 1966 and 1980, including mention of his liaisons with pubescent Balinese boys later exploited by a sensationalist journalist to demonise him.
Robert Cecil Romer Maugham, 2nd Viscount Maugham, 1916–1981, English writer.
Robin Maugham, Escape from the Shadows, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1972. The evocative and interesting general autobiography of a man clearly but uncomfortably drawn towards youth and including the clearly pederastic experiences of others; an account slightly undermined by dishonest hypocrisy.
Robin Maugham, Search for Nirvana, London: W. H. Allen, 1975. Though a sequel to the preceding autobiography, this memoir is expressly stated to be less constrained by fear of adverse reaction and includes two previously omitted and much more interestng stories about his involvement with boys.
Clarence Henry Howard-Osborne, 1918-79, Australian court supervisor.
Paul Wilson, The Man They Called a Monster: Sexual experiences between men and boys, Cassell Australia, 1981. PDF. Review. 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, Klagenfurt: Wieser, 1998. In German only.
"Wulff" Karl Hermann Scherchen, 1920-2016, German poet
Tony Scotland, Wulff – Britten’s Young Apollo, Shelf Lives, 2021. The life of a German composer's son, mutually smitten at the age of 13 with the British composer Benjamin Britten, then 20, and his lover when they were 18 and 25.
Revd. Peter John Gamble, 1920-97, English schoolmaster
Peter Gamble, The More We Are Together: Memoirs of a Wayward Life, Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1993. The autobiography of a retired teacher in preparatory and public schools, frank about his love of boys having been the mainspring of his personal life, but not revealing anything more dangerous than kissing them.
George Hayim, 1920-2011, cosmopolitan Jewish novelist
George Hayim, Thou Shalt Not Uncover Thy Mother’s Nakedness. An Autobiography, London: Quartet, 1988. Read the Greek love content. Autobiography of his first 50 years, including anecdotes of his attraction in his early teens to older schoolfellows and his near pedication by a young man.
Jack Robinson, born 1921, English soldier
Jack Robinson, Teardrops on My Drum, London: GMP, 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, London: GMP, 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: Rizzoli, 1978. Translated from the Italian by John Shepley as Pasolini: A Biography, New York: Random House, 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.
René Schérer, born 1922, French philosopher
René Schérer and Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Après tout : entretiens sur une vie intellectuelle., Paris: Cartouche, 2007. Reflections on Schérer's philosophy, love-life and poltics, including an account of his love affair with 15-year-old Guy Hocquenghem.
Gerhard "Gad" Beck, 1923-2012, German educator
Gad Beck & Frank Heibert, Und Gad ging zu David: Die Erinnerungen des Gad Beck, 1923 bis 1945, Berlin: diá, 1995. Translated from the German by Allison Brown as An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin, Madison,Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1999. Read the Greek love content. A memoir of Beck's first 22 years, including his "first real sexual experience" aged 12 with his gym teacher, aged 22.
George Albert Bowers, 1923-2019, American Marine
Scotty Bowers, Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, New York City: Grove, 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.
Guy Anthony Hills-Ray, 1925-2004, British schoolmaster, and Donald William Robertson Boyd, born 1948, Scottish film director
Don Boyd, "A Suitable Boy" in The Observer, London, 19 August 2001. Read online. One of the most explicit accounts of a Greek love affair in which the boy-that-was describes how he radically revised his view of it under pressure from society to adopt its negative assumptions; Boyd, patently willing aged 12-16, had a lasting bond with his lover which he broke only after years of pressure to do so.
François Augiéras, 1925-71, French writer
Serge Sanchez, François Augiéras, le dernier primitif, Paris: Grasset, 2006. A detailed study of his life and writings, including his love of boys, and a passionate vindication of his literary importance.
Simon Arthur Noël Raven, 1927-2001, English novelist and dramatist
Simon Raven, Shadows on the Grass, London: Blond & Briggs, 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, London: Duckworth, 1996. 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.
Anthony Bernard Blond, 1928-2008, English publisher
Danny Danziger, "Anthony Blond" in his Eton Voices, London: Viking, 1988. Read the Greek love content. An account of his time as a schoolboy at Eton, where as, a younger boy, he had crushes on older ones, and vice versa, besides an older boy trying to seduce him.
Peter Schult, 1928-84, German anarchist writer
Peter Schult, Besuche in Sackgassen – Aufzeichnungen eines homosexuellen Anarchisten (Visits to Dead Ends - Notes of a Homosexual Anarchist), Munich: Trikont Verlag, 1978. In German only. The autobiography of a radical frequently imprisoned as a result of being an open and active boy-lover combined with his political stance.
Peter Schult, Gefallene Engel (Fallen Angels), Berlin: Bruno Gmünder, 1982. In German only. A collection of short stories and essays describing the author's sexual experiences with boys and his anarchist views.
Sir Cyril Smith, 1928-2010, British Member of Parliament
Simon Danczuk & Matthew Baker, Smile for the Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith, London: Biteback, 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, Aultgrishan, Wester Ross: Three Cars Press, 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, Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 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.
Fernando Karadima Fariña, 1930-2021, Chilean priest
María Olivia Monckeberg, Karadima, el señor de los infiernos (Karadima, the Lord of the Underworld), Santiago: Random House Mondadori, 2011. A feminist's predictably pernicious account of allegations of sexual abuse brought decades after the event against a much-respected priest by formerly-admiring mid-teen boys.
Karl Kliest, 1931-76, German
Nigel Downsborough, Paedomorphs I. The Story of a Young Boy in Pre-War Japan, Taipei: Kiryudo, 1978. The first of three intended parts of the autobiography (edited by a journalist from diaries and tapes) of a German who killed himself following condemnation to prison for sex with a boy in Australia, recalling his love affair in Japan, aged ten, with a local boy of thirteen.
Moni Feiner, ca. 1931-ca. 1944, Polish holocaust victim
Ka-Tsetnik 135633 [Yehiel Feiner], Karu lo pipl, 1961. Translated from the original Hebrew by Moshe M. Kohn as Piepel, London: Anthony Blond, 1961. The sensationalist and horrific story, narrated by his brother, of a boy forced from the age of eleven to be a piepel, the word used for boys who served the kapos sexually in Auschwitz concentration camp.
Derek Elliston Michael Malcolm, born 1932, English film critic
Danny Danziger, "Derek Malcolm" in his Eton Voices, London: Viking, 1988. Read the Greek love content. An account of his time as a schoolboy at Eton, where he was lusted after by older boys when a younger boy, and later vice versa, which feelings he described as commonplace, though the implications for himself once frightened him.
Hans van Manen, born 1932, Dutch ballet dancer.
Eva van Schaik, Hans van Manen, leven & werken (Hans van Manen, Life & Work), Amsterdam: Arena, 1997. In Dutch only. Includes van Manen's description of his fun taking the sexual initiative with men from the age of 11.
Chester Valentine John Anderson, 1932-91, American writer
John Valentine (pen name of the subject), Puppies, Glen Ellen, California: Erstwhile Press, 1979. PDF. Review. A series of journal entries depicting the author's sexual encounters with boys of 12 to 19 in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly one-night stands in Los Angeles.
John Kingsley Orton, 1933–1967, English playwright.
Joe Orton, The Orton Diaries, 304 pp., London: Methuen, 1986. 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.
Lucien Felix Trueb, born 1934, Swiss science writer.
Lucien F. Trueb, "Monty's Little Swiss Friend" in Monty at Close Quarters: Recollections of the Man edited by T. E. B. Howarth, London: Leo Cooper, 1985. Read on this website. The vividly recalled story of a Swiss boy who enjoyed a chaste but loving and special friendship with British Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein in the later 1940s.
Gabriel Michel Hippolyte Matzneff, born 1936, French writer.
Gabriel Matzneff, Cette camisole de flammes: Journal 1953-62 (This Flaming Straitjacket: Journal 1953-62), Paris: la Table ronde, 1976. The first of the author's diaries, starting when he was sixteen and younger boys were his main sexual preoccupation, set mostly in France (but also during his military service in Algeria), frank (but not to the extent of his later diaries which described sexual acts).
Gabriel Matzneff, Un Galop d'Enfer: Journal 1977-1978 (A Gallop from Hell. Journal 1977-1978), Paris: la Table ronde, 1985. Diary frankly describing the author's sexual liasons in France, Tunisia and the Philippines with boys mostly aged 12 to 14.
Philippe Delannoy, Gabriel Matzneff, [Monaco:] Editions du Rocher, 1992. In French only. Far from any moralism, Delannoy, in this bio-bibliography, lays bare the fascinating and contradictory aspects of Matzneff writing about himself in his diaries (the Carnets Noirs) and Matzneff as he stages himself, through numerous characters, in his novels. The book makes the link between Matzneff's life and his literary production and addresses all the themes dear to the writer: his love of life and his temptation of death, religion and eroticism, the distant East and the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Venus and the Christ, orthodoxy and macrobiotics, his passion of extreme youth and his Don-Juanism... Excellent for those who wish to discover the author and his work.
Vincent Roy, Matzneff, l'exilé absolu, Paris: Michalon, 2003. In French only.
Collective authors under the direction of Florent Georgesco, Gabriel Matzneff, Paris: Sandre, 2010. In French only.
Chantal Montellier, Dans la Tête de Gabriel Matzneff (In the Head of Gabriel Matzneff), Le Revest-les-eaux: Les Cahiers de l’Egaré, 2020. 52 page-long pamphlet giving voice to the mass hysteria which surrounded Matzneff after the publication of Le Consentement by his former teenage lover, Vanessa Springora, in 2020. The hate, the lack of literary insight, the absence of any sociological and historical background make for a hard and painful reading experience, the only brief point of interest being Montellier’s claim that Matzneff had confessed to Springora his having been initiated to Greek love at the age of 13 by a member of his family.
Lisi Cori, La Petite Fille et le Vilain Monsieur (The Little Girl and the Naughty Man), privately printed in Italy, 2021. 77 page comparison of Springora’s account of her liaison with Matzneff in Le Consentement with Matzneff's much earlier account in La Prunelle de Mes Yeux). No emphasis on greek love here, but an impartial debunking of Springora’s version. The book does not shed any veil on Matzneff’s contradictions; his passion for extreme youth is dealt with, each argument is backed with useful literary extracts and historical backgrounds checks, all of this in complete impartiality. Very interesting and insightful.
Angus John Mackintosh Stewart, 1936–1998, British writer.
John Davis [Angus Stewart], "Pederast" in Underdogs, edited by Philip Toynbee, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 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: Hutchinson, 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, Amsterdam: Coltsfoot Press, 1984. Five years of the hectic life on the road of a Californian, written while in prison for his considerable activity with boys.
Salvatore Mineo, 1939-76, American actor.
Michael Gregg Michaud, Sal Mineo: A Biography, New York: Crown Archetype, 2010. A general biography which includes Mineo's liaison with a boy of 14 and discusses his attraction to boys.
Dean Arnold Corll, 1939-73, American serial killer.
John K. Gurwell, Mass Murder in Houston, Houston, Texas: Cordovan Press, 1974. A rapidly assembled account of the initial investigation of Corll's abduction, rape and murder of twenty-eight youths aged 13-20, written before the trial of his accomplices.
Jack Olsen, The Man With the Candy: The Story of the Houston Mass Murders, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974. An investigative journalist's account, lacking some of the details given in Gurwell's account, but otherwise digging deeper.
Edmund Valentine White, born 1940, American writer.
Edmund White, My Lives: An Autobiography, New York: Ecco, 2006.
Erskine Lane, born 1940, American writer.
Erskine Lane, Game-Texts: a Guatemalan Journal, San Francisco: Gay Sunshine, 1978. Read the Greek love content. Despite the title, a combination of personal meditations and memories not limited to the author's time in Guatemala, but which does include accounts of his sexual encounters with boys there.
Jay Edson, American writer.
Jay Edson, These Were My Realities, USA: Last Farthing, 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: Melbourne University Press, 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 (later overturned) conviction respecting dubious cases from the distant past, making him at least temporarily, the highest-ranking casualty of the 21st-century witch-hunt against pederasts.
David Marr, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell, Melbourne, Victoria: Quarterly Essay, 2013; updated edition, Carlton, Victoria: Black, 2019. Another exploitative autobiography quick to capitalise on public hysteria over the cardinal's temporary conviction for sexual advances on boys (the reversal of which shed extremely rare light on the injustice inherent in the handling of "historic" offences).
Walt Curtis, born 1941, American street poet
Walt Curtis, Mala Noche: And Other "Illegal" Adventures, Out of the Ashes Press, 1977. Memoirs of a convenience store cashier in Oregon, Portland with an unreciprocated passion for Mexican youths.
David Edward Leslie Hemmings, 1941-2003, English actor
David Hemmings, Blow-Up and Other Exaggerations, London: Robson, 2004. Read the Greek love content. A full autobiography, including a detailed account of his work and special friendship as a boy soprano of 12-13 with the composer Benjamin Britten, whom he says was "infatuated" with him, but did nothing "untoward".
John Wayne Gacy, 1942-94, American serial killer
Clifford L. Linedecker, The Man Who Killed Boys: A True Story of Mass Murder in a Chicago Suburb, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. A full portrait of the man who raped and murdered at least 33 youths aged 14 to 21 in Illinois.
Roger Moody, 1943-2022, English radical journalist.
Roger Moody, Indecent Assault, London: Word is Out, 1980.
Richard John McMullen, 1943-91, English youth worker
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 (New York: William Morrow, 2012), Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky by Aaron Fisher and Michael Gillum (New York: Ballantine, 2012), and Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse by Matthew Sandusky (Los Angeles: Rothco, 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 (Mechanicsburg, Pennysylvania: Sunbury, 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, London: Revvolution, 2009. An honest and highly readable autobiography, frank about his exclusive sexual attraction to teenagers (above all, "in their mid teens") and including lively revelations of some of his liaisons with boys.
Jonathan King, Guilty, London: Revvolution, 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.
Tony Duvert, 1945-2008, French writer
Gilles Sebhan, Tony Duvert. L'enfant silencieux (Tony Duvert: The Silent Child), Paris: Denoël, 2010. A short biography seeking to explain how a once acclaimed young author died as a forgotten recluse, with brief mention of his liaisons with boys. Superseded by the next entry.
Gilles Sebhan, Retour à Duvert (Back to Duvert), Le Dilettante, 2015. An excellent biography, greatly expanding on the preceding thanks to an avalanche of documents received in response to it, not self-censored like it and thus exploring both Duvert's trips to Marrakech and his relationship with the boy who became the main character in his novel When Jonathan Died.
JFV (editor), Tony Duvert: Un homme parle (Tony Duvert: A Man Speaks), compiled 2017, first published on this website, 2023. Read here (mostly in French). A vast and scholarly compilation in three parts: literary criticism of Duvert's writings, many of his writings (short stories, letters. interviews, crosswords, many of them rare or unpublished) and biographical writings about him, together with a lengthy introduction explaining the context of the time in which he wrote.
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, Amherst, New York: Prometheus, 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), Paris: éditions Sydney Laurent, 2018. In French only. Review. 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.
Jürgen Bartsch, originally Karl-Heinz Sadrozinski, 1946-76, German serial killer.
Paul Moor, Jürgen Bartsch: Opfer und Täter: Das Selbstbildnis eines Kindermörders in Briefen (Jürgen Bartsch: Victims and perpetrators: the self-portrait of a child-murderer in letters), [Reinbek:] Rowohlt 1991. Hundreds of self-revealing letters to a journalist from the butcher arrested at 19 for having sexually assaulted and tortured to death four boys aged 8 to 13.
Guy Hocquenghem, 1946-88, French writer
Antoine Idier, Les Vies de Guy Hocquenghem, Paris: Fayard, 2017. In French only. A general biography which desxribes the lifelong influence on Hocquenghem of his love affair with the philosopher Schérer, begun when he was 15.
Jacques de Brethmas, French writer
Jacques de Brethmas, Traité de chasse au minet, Paris: Perchoir, 1979. Translated from the French for this website as Hunting Boys, 2022. PDF. A rambling and only partially convincing polemic for male homosexuality, interesting because the author was a pederast and it is substantially made up of lively and insightful anecdotes about his liaisons with adolescent boys in Paris and Casablanca.
Jacques de Brethmas, Le Pedalopitheque: A nous les petits français!, Amsterdam: Acolyte, 1989. PDF. The first chapter only translated from the original French as "Goudu" in The Fifth Acolyte Reader, Amsterdam: Acolyte, 1990, pp. 73-83, PDF. The amusing autobiography of a lover of adolescent boys, himself enthusiastically initiated into homosex at the age of 12 by a Jesuit priest at school. Though prefaced by a disclaimer that it is fiction, the author vouchsafed that the first and most fantastical-sounding chapter was true.
Sylvester James, 1947-88, American singer
Gamson, Joshua, The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco, New York City: Henry Holt & Co., 2005. A well-researched general autobiography that describes Sylvester's liaisons with men from the age of eight, which included being pedicated with what he insisted was his full consent.
Wilhelmus Simon Petrus "Pim" Fortuyn, 1948-2002, Dutch politician
Pim Fortuyn, Babyboomers. Autobiografie van een generatie (Babyboomers. Autobiography of a Generation), Utrecht: Bruna 1998, revised edition, Rotterdam: Karakter, 2002. In Dutch only. An autobiography including his exciting sexual experiences with men from the age of 5.
Graham Davis, born 1948, English stationer's clerk
Graham Davis, "A Boy Scout Whistles And Smiles", a chapter of Tony Parker's The Twisting Lane: Some Sex Offenders, London: Hutchinson, 1969. Read on this website. Review. The frank memoir of a youth recently sent to prison for three years, aged 18, for buggery of a boy of 14 with whom he was having a love affair.
Jean-Claude Bernard Féray, 1948-2022, French publisher and novelist
[Anon.], Jean-Claude Féray, Publisher and Author, first published on this website, 2022. Read here. A brief account of the life and works of an important contributor to Greek love literature, implicitly inspired by personal experience of the subject.
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, Amsterdam: Acolyte Press, 1992. PDF. Review. A lively but meandering account of the author's boysexual adventures in Latin America, Morocco and the Far East in the 1980s, offering probably unrivalled insight into the character of pederastic liaisons between Third World boys and foreigners during the decade they first came under serious attack from the media.
Peter Young, born ca. 1951, American computer operator
Peter Young, "Learning How to Love" in the NAMBLA Bulletin,Volume XIII, No. 6, July-August 1992, pp. 47-56. Read on this website. Set in the USA in the 1970s and 1980s, an unusual account of a love affair between the narrator, then a young man, and a boy, lasting from when the boy was six until at least nineteen and then evolving into a strong best friendship
David Michael Wojnarowicz, 1954-92, American painter and writer
David Wojnarowicz, Memories That Smell Like Gasoline, San Francisco: Artspace, 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: Les éditions de minuit, 1989, translated from the French by Christine Pichini as Crazy for Vincent, Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 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: Leopold, 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, London: Hutchinson, 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.
Carl Toms [Thomas Victor O’Carroll], Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons, Leicester: Matador, 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: Beacon, 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.
Christophe Tison, born 1961, French journalist
Christophe Tison, Il m'aimait (He Loved Me), Paris: Grasset, 2004. In French only. In this short memoir, Tison recalls his affair at age 9-15 with Didier, a family friend somewhere in his 30s or 40s. Didier was an exclusive boy-lover; Tison is heterosexual and began experimenting sexually with girls his age at 13, while his relationship with Didier was still ongoing. He recalls the great benefits the relationship brought him -- affection and attention, fun times rafting on the river, erudite conversation about history and literature and film, the offer of a house bought for him -- but describes some discomfort about the sexual aspects: he felt that he was "prostituting [him]self" for candy and comics, and his eventual break with the distraught Didier was quite acrimonious.
John Devane, born 1962, Irish solicitor
John Devane, Nobody Heard Me Cry, Dublin: Hachette, 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.
José-Luis -----, born 1962/3, American boy prostitute
José-Luis -----, "Luis Emulated My Past" in the NAMBLA Bulletin, Volume XII, No. 1, New York, January-February 1991, pp. 17-19. Read on this website. Following the emergence of his nephew as a writer on his boy prostitution, a Hispanic former boy prostitute describes how he himself came to be one in New York in ca. 1973.
Graham Caveney, born 1964, British writer.
Graham Caveney, The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir of Adolescence, London: Picador, 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: Pinnacle, 1991. The story of a Californian boy kidnapped and kept for sex between the ages of seven and fourteen.
Colm O'Gorman, born 1966, Irish campaigner for the child sex abuse industry.
Colm O'Gorman, Beyond Belief, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2009. Autobiography of a man with grim but dim memories of being sexually abused as a little boy and clear ones of being seduced at 14 by a manipulative priest whose suicide only whetted the author's appetite to bring shame on the Catholic Church.
Corey Scott Feldman, born 1971, American actor.
Corey Feldman, Coreyography, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2013. An autobiography describing how as a boy star he was "sexually abused", here meaning taken advantage of, by several Hollywood figures, and that such treatment of child actors was a widespread problem in the film industry.
Kirk Read, born 1973, American journalist.
Kirk Read, How I Learned to Snap: A Small-town Coming-out and Coming-of-age Story, New York: Penguin, 2003. Memoir of the author's adolescence in West Virginia, including sexual liaisons with men from the age of thirteen which he was adamant "saved my life".
Andrew Woodward, born 1973, English footballer
Andy Woodward, Position of Trust: A football dream portrayed, London: Coronet, 2020. The sad story of one who, as a boy of 10, was inducted into sex for six years with football coach Barry Bennell, then, as a man, made to admit to it under relentless police pressure and inducted into believing it had ruined his life.
Daniel Feenan, born 1976, Australian altar boy.
Patricia Feenan, Holy Hell, Fremantle, Western Australia: Fontaine, 2012. An account at the centre of the furore against Roman Catholic clergy in Australia by a woman about her 14-year-old son's seduction by a priest and his superiors' ultimately punishable decline to report the priest.
Luis Miguel Fuentes, born 1976, American boy prostitute.
Autobiographical stories originally published 1990-97 in the NAMBLA Bulletin (New York) and in the Acolyte Readers (Amsterdam: Acolyte) were republished in the book which follows below, and are accordingly not listed here separately.
Luis Miguel Fuentes, Diary of a Dirty Boy: Collected Writings of Luis Miguel Fuentes, New York: The Wallace Hamilton Press, 1998. PDF. Unusual and authentic-sounding autobiographical stories of a New York boy prostitute from 1986 to 1994, generally positive about his self-agency, the choices he made and the sex they involved, while being frank about both his happy and his bitter experiences.
Jordan Christopher Chandler, born 1980, American
Victor M. Gutierrez, Michael Jackson Was My Lover: The Secret Diary of Jordan Chandler, Santiago, Chile, 1995. PDF. 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: Nieuw 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, [Scotts Valley, California:] CreateSpace, 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.
Colton Lee Haynes, born 1988, American actor
Colton Haynes, Miss Memory Lane, New York: Atria, 2022. A general autobiography, including description of his love affair at the age of 14 with a policeman, from whom he sought a substitute for his father's love.
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Andre Gide: Homosexual Moralist; Patrick Pollard, Yale Univ. Press, 1991
Antinous: Boy Made God; R.R.R. Smith; Ashmolean Museum, 2018
Cavafy: A Biography; Robert Liddell, Duckworth Publishers, 2002
Lord Byron at Harrow School: Speaking Out, Talking Back, Acting Up, Bowing Out; Paul Elledge, Johns Hopkins University Press; 2000
Anonymous 93, 8 April 2022
Christophe Tison, Il m'aimait, Paris: Grasset, 2004. In French only. In this short memoir, Tison recalls his affair at age 9-15 with Didier, a family friend somewhere in his 30s or 40s. Didier was an exclusive boy-lover; Tison is heterosexual and began experimenting sexually with girls his age at 13, while his relationship with Didier was still ongoing. He recalls the great benefits the relationship brought him -- affection and attention, fun times rafting on the river, erudite conversation about history and literature and film, the offer of a house bought for him -- but describes some discomfort about the sexual aspects: he felt that he was "prostituting [him]self" for candy and comics, and his eventual break with the distraught Didier was quite acrimonious.
Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados. Edited by Charley Shively, Gay Sunshine Press, 1987.
Walt Whitman's Civil War Boy Lovers. Edited by Charley Shively, Gay Sunshine Press, 1989.