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American Uranians

Some thirty-seven Americans figure among the Uranians whose works were collected in Men and Boys: An Anthology, edited by Edmund Edwinson (pseudonym of Edward M. Slocum) and published in 1924.

Of these, by far the most important is William Alexander Percy (1885-1942), who published several volumes of verse later collected in an edition issued by Yale University Press. He achieved lasting fame, however, with his autobiography Lanterns on the Levee (1941), the classic depiction of the world of the plantation-owning class in the Mississippi delta, where he subtly reveals his pederastic interests.

Although members of his family, including the late novelist Walker Percy, have tried to deny his homosexuality, he was one in spirit with his British contemporaries.

Another American who belongs in this set is Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928), the Boston art connoisseur who spent most of his life in England. Besides Itamos (1903) and The Wild Rose (1909), he published (under the pseudonym Arthur Lyon Raile) a Defence of Uranian Love in three volumes (1926-1928). He is responsible for major holdings by American museums of Greek erotic vases depicting pederastic themes--a treasure long withheld from the general public.


Although Uranianism received its initial impetus from Ulrichs and the German movement, it was an indigenous phenomenon that owed nothing to German predecessors or models. It was an afterglow of the great poetic tradition of nineteenth-century England and remained firmly in a post-Tennysonian style.

The Uranian poets made little impression on English letters. The authors belonged to a self-conscious, unconventional elite who shunned the prying gaze of their contemporaries. Their work was often privately printed, in small editions meant solely for initiated readers.

None of the Uranian poets ever rose to the level of an A. E. Housman, whose work shares their paganism and sexual unconventionality, but whose orientation was ephebo- or androphilic, and whose great love affair had been with a college undergraduate of his own age, not with an adolescent.

Warren Johansson

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Eglinton, J. Z. (pseudonym of Walter Breen). Greek Love. New York: Oliver Layton Press, 1964.

Hilliard, David. "Unenglish and Unmanly: Anglo-Catholicism and Homosexuality." Victorian Studies 25 (1982): 181-210.

Rahman, Tariq. "Ephebophilia and the Creation of a Spiritual Myth in the Works of Ralph Nicholas Chubb." Journal of Homosexuality 20.1-2 (1990): 103-127.

Smith, Timothy d'Arch. Love in Earnest: Some Notes on the Lives and Writings of English 'Uranian' Poets from 1889 to 1930. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970.


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    Author: Johansson, Warren  
    Entry Title: Uranian Poets  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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