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Introduction: Queer Lives: Men's Autobiographies from Nineteenth-Century France Part I: The Countess: The Dramatization of the Self Autobiography 1: Arthur W..., "The Countess," Secret Confessions of a Parisian (1874) Part II: Doctors and Patients: Autobiographies as Case Studies Autobiography 2: Anonymous, "Loves," in Dr. Ambroise Tardieu, A Medical and Legal Study on Assaults against Morality (1867) Autobiography 3: Anonymous, "Observation I," in Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and Dr. Valentin Magnan, Inversion of the Sexual Instinct (1881) Autobiography 4: Gustave L..., "Autobiographical Notes," in Dr. Paul Garnier, Madness in Paris (1890) Autobiography 5: Louis X..., "Autobiographical Notes," in Dr. Paul Garnier, The Fetishists (1895) Autobiography 6: Antonio ..., "Letter to My Parents" and "My Autobiography," in Dr. Andre Antheaume and Dr. Leon Parrot, A Case of Sexual Inversion (1905) Autobiography 7: Charles Double, "Mental Hermaphrodite and Other Autobiographical Writings"(1905) Part III: The Novel of An Invert: Literature, Medicine, and Self Expression Autobiography 8: Anonymous, The Novel of an Invert (1889, 1896)
Gives present-day readers a rare glimpse into the otherwise shrouded existences of gay men in nineteenth-century France
William A. Peniston is the manager of the Newark Museum's library and archives. He is the author of Pederasts and Others: Urban Culture and Sexual Identity in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Nancy Erber is a professor of linguistics and modern languages at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. She is the coeditor of Disorder in the Court: Trials and Sexual Conflict at the Turn of the Century.
"The bibliography and cross-referencing in this book are formidable and would be a very useful tool for an academic. The reader with an interest in history will enjoy the descriptions of gay life in La Belle Epoque."--Gay Times, March 2008