He Wrote the Book of ‘Similisexual’ Love

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left-to-themselvesLeft to Themselves: Being the Ordeal of Philip and Gerald
by Edward Prime-Stevenson
Edited by Eric L. Tribunella
Valancourt Books. 207 pages, $17.99

 

EDWARD Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (1858–1942), writing as Xavier Mayne, was the first American writer to deal openly with homosexuality, both in fiction and nonfiction. In both forms Mayne transmitted the ideas of such pioneers of the early homosexual emancipation movement as Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Magnus Hirschfeld, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing, as well as a vast body of knowledge on the subject.

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