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A Defence of Uranian Love [Hardcover]

Edward Perry Warren , Michael Matthew Kaylor , Mark Robert Miner

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May 25 2009 Valancourt Classics

Edward Perry Warren's three-volume A Defence of Uranian Love, written under his pseudonym Arthur Lyon Raile and privately printed in 1928-1930, can be judiciously labelled "the premier paederastic apologia in the language." Warren always and rightly called this work his magnum opus: it is the clearest elucidation of the motives that lay behind his acquisition of Graeco-Roman antiquities for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and other prominent collections. Warren's acquisition practices converted those antiquities into a "paederastic evangel," as he himself declares, and his Defence is intimately woven into this lifelong, evangelistic mission.

"My verses and my prose," writes Warren, "advocate a morality, but it is not the current morality in certain matters." This is understatement at its most playful, for Warren's Defence is a detailed map to a Utopia where "Grecian grandeur" is restored, and the "Christian sublime," all but banished; where masculine virtues topple the feminine that have mistakenly led to democracy, sexual purity, and feminism; where aristocracy, nobleness, and male supremacy establish a civilisation in which Nietzsche would have found himself at home; and where paederasty, in the form familiar to the ancient Spartans, could and needs must flourish. For, according to Warren, "Love" (in this case, Boy-love) "can revive the old Hellenic day." It is this revival - this veritable "Renaissance of Paederasty"-that Warren's elaborate apologia aims to begin, by reminding Western culture of what it has lost or only forgotten: a sacral Boy-love and its accompanying traditions.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books (May 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193455569X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934555699
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,451,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hellenic morality revisited April 17 2012
By othoniaboys - Published on Amazon.com
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The first edition of this work is extremely rare, and in any case contained a lot of Greek material that the author didn't bother to translate, supposing that such a book would never appeal to more than a very small and highly select readership. It is only now that we at last have a translated, annotated and edited version, but it is still for the select few. The author was rich and didn't have to answer to anyone. My opinion is that the reader would lose little if he were to read only the massive introduction and the the first section of the main text, i.e., stopping at page 114. The second section deals with ancient Greece but in a general manner, and the third section deals with Christianity. The less said about the material at the end, the better (Miner's nonsense). Everything is explained in this new edition, and there is a lot to explain, even if you are highly educated. The possibility of any of this ever being put to practical use in the real world is infinitely remote.
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