Praise for Outrages

“A remarkable and moving work of creative scholarshship”
— Larry Kramer, author of Faggots and The Normal Heart

“With precision and sensitivity, Naomi Wolf traces how the state came to police the private sphere; she brings into the light the lives of those whose resistance to this brutality was a beacon for the future. Outrages is a remarkable, revelatory book.”
— Erica Wagner, author of Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

“In Outrages, Naomi Wolf reveals a largely forgotten history of how science, law, and culture have intersected to suppress and silence sexual expression. As expanding acceptance threatens to erase a history of LGBTQ marginalization and struggle—and as we descend into authoritarian rule across so many countries—this is an important, powerful tale.”
— Shahid Buttar, marriage equality activist and attorney

“[This] remarkable book is a tour de force of research and insight into Symonds’ life and work and the related evolution of public and state attitudes toward homosexuality. [Wolf’s] is an essential contribution not only to queer history but also to studies of nineteenth-century culture. It is not to be missed.”
— Booklist, STARRED review

“Wolf provides engrossing accounts of Whitman and Symonds, yet her story is even more compelling in its wider portrait of the societies and institutions in America as well as England that served to shape the fears and prejudices that have lingered into our modern age. An absorbing and thoughtfully researched must-read for anyone interested in the history of censorship and issues relating to gay male sexuality.”
— Kirkus

“This ambitious literary, biographical, and historical treatise from Wolf (The Beauty Myth) examines both 19th-century Britain’s persecution of gay men and the work and life of the relatively obscure gay writer John Addington Symonds (1840–1893)… a fascinating look at this period and these writers.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Outrages is a fascinating history book with a cast of characters and an epic sweep that make it read like a novel Charles Dickens could have written, if he had ever written one about queers. Naomi Wolf blends impeccable research with beautiful prose and brings to life one of England’s—and literature’s—most complicated ages.”
— New York Journal of Books

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