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Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times Morris B. Kaplan

Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times

Morris B. Kaplan

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ISBN : 9780801436789
Hardcover
314 pages
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Sodom on the Thames looks closely at three episodes involving sex between men in late-nineteenth-century England. Morris Kaplan draws on extensive research into court records, contemporary newspaper accounts, personal correspondence and diaries, evenMoreSodom on the Thames looks closely at three episodes involving sex between men in late-nineteenth-century England. Morris Kaplan draws on extensive research into court records, contemporary newspaper accounts, personal correspondence and diaries, even a pornographic novel. He focuses on two notorious scandals and one quieter incident. In 1871, transvestites Stella (Ernest Boulton) and Fanny (Frederick Park), who had paraded around Londons West End followed by enthusiastic admirers, were tried for conspiracy to commit sodomy. In 1889-1890, the Cleveland Street affair revealed that telegraph delivery boys had been moonlighting as prostitutes for prominent gentlemen, one of whom fled abroad. In 1871, Eton schoolmaster William Johnson resigned in disgrace, generating shockwaves among the young men in his circle whose romantic attachments lasted throughout their lives.