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Dr. Rictor Norton
(June 25, 1945 - living) U.S.A. - U.K.

Rictor Norton

Social historian, freelance editor and writer


Born in New York, Rictor Norton joined the Gay Liberation Front and taught a course on gay and lesbian literature at Florida State University in 1971, one of the earliest gay courses in the United States.

He edited the first all-gay issue of an academic journal, College English, in 1972, and in 1973 completed one of the earliest doctoral dissertations on a gay topic (Homosexual literature during the Renaissance).

He emigrated to England in 1973 and settled in London, working at Gay News from 1974 through early 1979, and wrote many articles on gay history and literature for Gay News and Gay Sunshine. Today he is a freelance editor, and webmaster of the excellent online queer history resource Gay History and Literature.

He wrote the highly-acclaimed Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830 (1992) (which inspired Mark Ravenhill's play of the same name), Saucy queens & molly houses: The growth of the gay subculture: 1700-1800 (1999), and recent books include The Myth of the Modern Homosexual: Queer History and the Search for Cultural Unity, and My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters through the Centuries.


Website: http://www.rictor.freeserve.co.uk

Website on gay history: http://infopt.demon.co.uk/gayhist.htm

Website on The Myth of the Modern Homosexual, synopsis of book and extracts: http://infopt.demon.co.uk/homomyth.htm

Website on John Addington Symonds: http://infopt.demon.co.uk/symfram1.htm

Website on Gay Love Letters through the Centuries, synopsis of book and extracts: http://infopt.demon.co.uk/dearboy.htm

Website on "Homomosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook": http://infopt.demon.co.uk/eighteen.htm

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