Image of two men kissingGay History and Literature: Essays by Rictor Norton

Welcome to my website with a special focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history.

(Updated 2 December 2016)

It contains numerous articles that I've written over many years, as well as a large selection of primary documents, plus bibliographies and useful links to other websites on LGBTQ history. It also contains some of my writing on non-gay eighteenth-century history and literature.

BOOKS BY RICTOR NORTON
Mother Clap's Molly House
My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters through the Centuries
Gothic Readings 1764-1840
Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Anne Radcliffe
Eighteenth Century British Erotica
Myth of the Modern Homosexual
Reissued by Bloomsbury Academic Editions in October 2016

Academic Papers (PDF files)
Ann Radcliffe, 'The Shakespeare of Romance Writers'
Pastoral Homoeroticism and Richard Barnfield
William Beckford's Newspaper Cuttings
F*ck Foucault
Paradigms of Same-Sex Marriage

LINKS
Links to Queer History Websites
Links to Reviews of Books on Queer History
Links to Reviews of Biographies of Gays and Lesbians

MORE ABOUT ME
Wikipedia Entry
A Brief Biography
Photos by me and my partner on Flickr
My Library on LibraryThing
My Facebook page

CONTACT ME

This website is archived on the British Library's UK Web Archive.

THE GREAT QUEERS OF HISTORY

QUEER CULTURE

LESBIAN HISTORY

THE QUEER CANON
Shakespeare, Whitman, Melville, Henry James, Gide, Cocteau, Censorship, etc.

A HISTORY OF HOMOPHOBIA
Ancient Hebrews, Destruction of Sodom, Roman, Medieval, Heretics and Witches

A HISTORY OF HOMOEROTICA
Pornography, Libertinism, Beefcake, Limericks, Uranian Verse, Teleny, etc.

POSTMODERN QUEER THEORY
A Critique of Social Constructionism
F*ck Foucault (PDF file)

MY DEAR BOY
Gay Love Letters through the Centuries

THE HOMOSEXUAL PASTORAL TRADITION
in English Renaissance Literature

THE GAY SUBCULTURE IN GEORGIAN ENGLAND

HOMOSEXUALITY IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND
A Sourcebook of Primary Documents

HOMOSEXUALITY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND
A Sourcebook of Primary Documents
William Bankes; Richard Heber; The Case of John Richmond Seymour; The Parson and the Boy; the extraordinary stories of 'Eliza' Edwards and a Black Hustler; and 100s of Queer News Reports

The JOHN ADDINGTON SYMONDS Pages

REVIEWS AND CRITIQUES

SOME THOUGHTS ON . . .
History of the Word 'Gay'; The 'Bloody Code'; Marquis de Sade; Ice Skating; Condoms; Cross-Dressing; Flagellation; Suicide; Michelangelo; The Age of Consent; The Word "Prostitute"; Female Prostitution; The Lincoln's Inn Bog House; Infamous Executions; Walter Benjamin's Theory of Cultural Work; Books on Gay History; The Gothic Lady's Library; Andrew Marvell; Criminal Biographies; Horace Walpole; and more

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF GAY AND LESBIAN HISTORY

THE GEORGIAN UNDERWORLD
Criminal Subcultures in 18th-Century Britain (non-gay)

GRUB STREET CHRONICLES
Early Eighteenth Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook (non-gay)

GOTHIC LITERATURE (non-gay)
Anthology of Gothic Readings, 1764-1840
Ann Radcliffe, Mistress of Udolpho
Aesthetic Gothic Horror

WHAT'S NEW
Prosecutions for Consenting Sex, 1846-47
Ballet-Dancer Disguised as a Woman, 1849
Miscellaneous News Reports, 1846
A Gay Meeting-Place in London, 1845
A Network of Quakers and Jews, 1845
The Case of Henry Bourne, 1845
The Master and His Manservant, 1845
Cruising and/or Extortion, 1840s
A Rainy Night in the Park, 1849
Policemen as Entrappers and as Participants, 1840s
'I will frighten the gentleman'
A Man of Colour, a Butler, and a Strolling Player
Legal Issues and Practices, 1840s
Horrible Affair at Newcastle, 1844
Infamous Clergymen, 1840s
Writing on the Walls, 1843
Caught in Hyde Park, 1843
Infamous Case of Sir Felix Booth, 1843
Libels against the Duke of Brunswick, 1840s
A Gang of Extortioners, 1842
The Hairdresser and the Suicide
Merely a Misdemeanour
Homosexuality among Convicts in Australia
Love Letters of Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky
The Story of a Black Hustler in 1838