FICTION AND POETRY
Here are listed, first, all known novels in which Greek love is at least arguably the main theme. Then follow some others in which it is a significant theme, then published plays with Greek love as their main theme, and finally books of Greek love poetry. Within these four lists, they are arranged in alphabetical order of the authors' surnames. Short stories are included. All books are in English unless otherwise stated and all translations mentioned are into English. All links are to reviews, unless otherwise stated.
These lists remains very much under construction, and contributions will be most welcome.
Novels in which Greek love is at least arguably the main theme
Aciman, André, Call Me By Your Name, 2007. The finely-portrayed love affair of a youth in the Italian Riviera with a 24-year-old American house-guest. Though the youth is 17, the tone of the affair is pederastic rather than gay, the love fulfilling needs at a particular stage of life rather than implying a coming-out for either lover.
Adelswärd-Fersen, Jacques d', Lord Lyllian: Messes Noires, 1905, translated from the French as Lord Lyllian: Black Masses, Vermont, 2005. A novel with a pederastic protagonist satirising the scandal in which the author had been embroiled with some Parisian schoolboys.
Altman, Scott, The Chronicles of the Starcross Complex, Acolyte Press republication, Amsterdam, 1986. Crude American pederotica set and partly first published in the 1960s-70s.
Argiri, Laura, The God in Flight, New York, 1994. The passionate and tempestuous love affair of an undergraduate and professor at Yale University in 1878-82 told in exquisitely lush prose. Though the undergraduate is 17 at the most critical time, he is described as looking 14, and the lovers see themselves as man and boy in a pederastic affair.
Arsand, Daniel, Des Amants, Paris, 2008,translated from the French by Howard Curtis as Lovers, New York, 2012. Short tragedy set in France in 1749 about the forbidden love of a young nobleman and a peasant boy of 15.
Berliner, Ross, The Manhood Ceremony, New York, 1978.
Bernard, Frits, Vervolgde Minderheid, Rotterdam, 1960, translated from the Dutch by A. Ronaldson as Persecuted Minority, Amsterdam, 1989. The love story of a 15-year-old boy and his teacher, discovered by the boy's father from a letter.
Bernard, Frits, Costa Brava, Rotterdam, 1960, translated from the Dutch by A. Ronaldson, Amsterdam, 1988. A simple and sweet unconsummated love story about a Venezuelan film producer and a boy of twelve together escaping the outbreak of civil war in Spain in 1936.
Berube, R. G., Peg Boy, USA, 2013. Slightly unrealistic account of a 12-year-old Peruvian boy resorting to prostituting himself in San Francisco at the time of the Gold Rush of 1848.
Besson, Philippe, En l'absence des hommes, 2002, translated from the French by Frank Wynne as In the absence of Men, London, 2002.
Bloxam, John Francis, “The Priest and the Acolyte” in The Chameleon, Oxford, 1894. An earnest and melodramatic short story, which can be read here.
Bradbury Robinson, A Crocodile of Choirboys, San Diego, 1970.
Bradbury Robinson, C. J., Young Thomas, San Diego, 1971.
Bradbury Robinson, C. J., Bare Knees, Boy Knees, San Diego, 1971.
Bradbury Robinson, C. J., Arabian Boys, San Diego, 1972.
Bradbury Robinson, C. J., More Please No More, 2011. Excerpts from two of the author's older books listed here plus "William's Mix", a newly published story.
Bradbury Robinson, C. J., Words for Love Perhaps, 2015. A new edition of his A Crocodile of Choirboys together with Minor Incidents (another story).
Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Catch Trap, New York, 1979.
Bunda, Jared, The Well-tempered Schoolboy, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1992.
Caminha, Adolfo, Bom-Crioulo, Brazil, 1895, translated from the Portuguese by E. A. Lacey as Bom-Crioulo, The Black Man and the Cabin Boy, 1982. The love affair of a black sailor and blond 15-year-old, remarkably explicit for its time.
Campbell, Robert, Singularities, book 1, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1989. A collection of short stories with widely varying settings and characters.
Campbell, Scott, Touched, 1996. Set in Michigan in 1980 and concerning the miserable mayhem for all concerned that inevitably ensues when a boy of twelve is suddenly inspired to tell his mother he has been "touched" over a few months by a nerdish boy-lover. This is worth reading for its cleverness in telling the story convincingly from several points of view rather than its portrayal of a shallow Greek love affair.
Chen Sen 陳森, Pinhua baojian 品花宝鉴 (Precious Mirror for Ranking Flowers), 1849. In Chinese only. Various love affairs between upper-class young men and boys acting in Beijing operas.
Chigo Kannon engi 稚児観音縁起, illustrated scroll, early 14th century. Published in Nihon Emaki Taisei, vol. 24, Chūokōronsha, 1979. Translated from the original Japanese by Margaret Childs as “The Story of Kannon’s Manifestation as a Youth” in Partings at Dawn: An Anthology of Japanese Gay Literature edited by Stephen D. Miller, qv. Presented for reading here.
Chigo no sōshi 稚児之草紙 (A Book of Acolytes), illustrated manuscript roll, Daigo-ji temple in Kyoto, 1321. In Japanese only. Five erotically explicit short stories about sex between Buddhist monks and boy acolytes.
Dantzig, Rudi van, Voor een Verloren Soldaat, 1996, translated from the Dutch as For a Lost Soldier, 1998.
Downey, Rod, The Moralist, Florida, 2001.
Drevet, Patrick, Une Chambre dans le Bois, 1989, translated from French by James Kirkup as A Room in the Woods, London, 1991. Evocative, but excessively descriptive account of a Greek love affair set in the Jura in 1957.
Dukahz, Casmir, Shakespeare's Boy, Amsterdam, 1991. A story of the erotic encounters with men of a Shakespearean boy actor which, despite having no pretences to historical realism, is still deeply disappointing for its demonstration of the aged author's once exceptional wit turned flat.
Duvert, Tony, Journal d'un innocent, Paris, 1976, translated from the French as Diary of an Innocent, Los Angeles 2010. A socially challenging and sexually explicit account of a man's sexual adventures with a tribe of adolescent boys in a place resembling North Africa.
Duvert, Tony, Quand mourut Jonathan, Paris, 1978, translated from the French as When Jonathan Died, Heretic, 1991. The tragic love story, critically acclaimed at the relatively liberal time of its publication, initiated by an emotionally neglected boy of eight to ten with a young artist.
Edson, Jay writing as J.H., This Too Is Love, USA, 2004.
Edson, Jay, Marcus and Me, New York, 2008. The deeply-touching story of an eleven-year-old who impulsively elopes from a grim children's home with a free-spirited young man and travels with him across the U.S.A. in the hippy heyday of 1967. Available as a free download from the author's website.
Edson, Jay, Koan, USA, 2011. The gripping story of a man courting disaster through his wish to protect a boy of 11 he had come to love; set at the time of public hysteria about satanic sex abuse in the 1980s. Available as a free download from the author's website.
Edson, Jay, Simon's Diary, USA, 2015.
Edward, Alan, The Fire-Worshipper, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1994.
Edward, Alan, The Gods of Babylon, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 2005.
Eisenhardt, Jens, Kim, min Elskede, Denmark, 1981, translated from the Danish by Stephen Foster as Kim, My Beloved, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1988.
Essebac, Achille, Luc, Paris, 1902. In French only. The romantic vicissitudes of a choirboy loved by a painter and repelled by a forward woman.
Essebac, Achille, L’Élu (The Chosen One), Paris, 1902. In French only. Two women desiring a beautiful Roman schoolboy of 16 attempt to thwart his blossoming Greek love affair with a French ceramist of 22.
Fane, Olivia, On Loving Josiah, Maia, 2011.
Freedman, B.J., A Natural Lizard Activity, USA, 1998. The life, with emphasis on its Greek love aspect, of a free-spirited 13-year-old in the Californian counterculture of the early 1980s.
Fuger, Wallington, Solos, Duets & Improvisations, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam 1989. Erotic stories involving various younger and older boys at a Canadian boarding-school.
Geraci, Joseph, Loving Sander, Swaffham, 1997. A delicate and honest portrayal of the love relationship of a Dutch boy of 10 to 12 with an American residing in Amsterdam, set in the early 1990s just as the Netherlands was retreating from its tolerance of Greek love, hitherto exceptional for modern Europe..
Gilbert, Peter & Tom Holt, Adam and the Paradise Garden, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1992. Erotic, mystery thriller involving the disappearance of pubescent boys to a stormy island off Scotland.
Gilbert, Peter & Tom Holt, A Boy’s Sweet Sorrow and Satisfaction, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1994. Erotic sequel to the preceding, set in England and involving a cast of well-to-do men and pubescent boys of more varied background.
Hakim, Crowstone: the Chronicles of Qamar, Coltsfoot Press, Amsterdam, 1983. A sword and sorcery adventure fantasy set on a moon where pederasty is the dominant form of love.
Hamilton, Wallace, Kevin, New York, 1980. Moving story, valuably informative as to the rent-boy scene in the USA of the 1970s, about a badly-neglected boy of 15 who stumbles on salvation through Greek love.
Hausrath, Adolf, writing as George Taylor, Antinous, Leipzig, 1880, translated from the German as Antinous: A Romance of Ancient Rome, New York, 1882. A staunchly Protestant Theology professor's rendition of the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his beloved youth Antinous, unusual for the 19th century in being open about the sexual nature of their love, but presenting it as oppressive and degrading, and juxtaposing it with the orally superior behaviour of some Christians.
Holland, Isabelle, The Man Without a Face, 1972. Excellent and moving story of redemption, love and loss involving an American boy of fourteen and a man disfigured by burning whom he seeks out for tuition. The sexual element of their relationship manifests itself only obliquely at the end.
Hunt, Chris, Street Lavender, 1986. Set in the 1880s, a lively and moving recounting of the vicissitudes of a boy from the East End of London who resorts to sex with men alternately to escape poverty and for emotional salvation.
Huston, Bo, The Dream Life, New York, 1993. The tale of a 14-year-old and his 33-year-old privately-engaged tutor who elope and travel across America.
Icard, Renaud, Olmetta ou l’Amour et l’Ange, French only, expurgated version 1946, unexpurgated Quintes-feuilles, 2013. The friendship of a young French artist and a Corsican fisherboy taken on as a model for the god Eros. The first draft was written much earlier, in 1908.
Jenkins, Luke, A Question of Motive, Milton Keynes, 2008. A prosaic account of the life of an English "heterosexual boy-lover" from his birth in the 1940s until his imprisonment in the 1990s, focused on his multiple sexual liaisons with boys of mostly thirteen.
Kent, Chris., Boys in Shorts, San Francisco, 2000. Sixteen readable erotic short stories, mostly pederastic and set in England.
Kent, Chris, The Real Tom Brown’s School Days, San Francisco, 2002. A pederotic parody of Hughes's celebrated novel, but set in the 20th century and without its emotion or compelling plot.
Kochany, Mario, As Schoolboys from their Books, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1993. Erotic goings-on at an English preparatory school.
Lees-Milne, James, The Fool of Love, 1990. The aristocratic love triangle with tragic outcome of an English boy of 15-17, his shallow mother, and a German who comes into their lives as a prisoner-of-war, set in 1917-9.
Loveboy, Rob, The Nazi’s Boy, 2013. The story of a Polish boy eagerly pandering to the pederastic zeal of German soldiers during the 2nd World War, too obsessively erotic for a compelling story.
Lund, Asger, translated as The Boy and the Dagger, Coltsfoot Press, Amsterdam, 1982. Light and entertaining, swashbuckling adventure story set in 1592 in Europe and Morocco about a German boy of 14 and his aristocratic lover of 24.
Mackay, John Henry, Die Buecher der Namenlosen Liebe von Sagitta, first edition, Paris, 1913; new edition, 1924, translated from the German by Hubert Kennedy as Sagitta's Books of the Nameless Love, Concord, California, 1988.
Mackay, John Henry, Der Puppenjunge: die Geschichte einer namenlosen Liebe aus der Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, 1926, translated from the German by Hubert Kennedy as The Hustler: The Story of a Nameless Love from Friedrich Street, Boston, 1985. The unfortunate tale of the love of a naive and idealistic young publisher's assistant for a fifteen-year-old hustler set in the sexual underworld of 1920s Berlin by one who knew it well.
Mallery, Daniel, Strange Catharsis, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1993.
Marlowe, Edmund, Alexander's Choice, USA, 2012. The story of a boy of 13-14 at Eton, England's most famous public school, who stumbles on Greek love as his salvation, it is set critically in 1983-4 just as the dark age in which Greek love in Europe had quietly survived for three centuries was giving way to something more frightening.
Matthews, Kenneth, Aleko, London, 1934. About an English teacher at a Greek boarding-school who falls in love with a pupil of sixteen.
Maugham, Robin, The Wrong People, 1971. A fine psychological drama about two pederasts, one a naive and idealistic English schoolmaster, and the other a much older and jaded American, set mostly in Morocco of the 1960s.
McDonald, Melanie, Eromenos, Florida, 2011. A fictionalisation of the highest-profile Greek love affair ever, that of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous, the Greek Bithynian boy deified following his untimely death.
Montherlant, Henry de, Les Garçons, 1969, translated from the French by Terence Kilmartin as The Boys, London, 1969. An amended version of his play La Ville dont le prince est un enfant.
Moorhouse, Frank, "The Everlasting Secret Family: An Erotic Memoir in Six Parts", one of four unrelated stories in The Everlasting Secret Family and Other Secrets, Sydney, 1980. A philosophically detached Australian erotic story about a boy of 13 seduced by a prominent politician who later seduces the latter's son of 13 with his approval, consciously forming a historical chain.
Morrison, Danny, On the Back of the Swallow, 1994. Written from prison by an Irish Republican, a story of the crushing hostility of society to the passionate love affair of a man of 23 and a boy of fifteen who had reminded him of a best friend lost at that age,
Murchison, Colin, The Chronicles of St. Barnabas, 1986. Pederotica set at a New England boarding-school for choirboys, and recounted by a master there; quite well-written as such things go.
Nicholls, Bron, Reasons of the Heart, Australia, 1993. The unusually realistic story of an Australian boy-lover stretching from his own childhood in the 1950s until his resumption in the 1970s of intimacy with the young man who, as a boy of 11 to 17, had in the meantime been the love of his life.
Nicholson, John Gambril, In Carrington's Duty Week: A Private School Episode, London, 1910. The semi-autobiographical story of a man chastely pursuing an unresponsive boy of twelve.
Nicholson, John Gambril, The Romance of a Choir Boy, 1916. Tormented account of a young Edwardian vicar's restrained and unconsummatedly passionate friendship with a choirboy he sponsored, rich in period detail.
Notchtree, Patrick C., The Secret Catamite 1: The Book of Daniel, 2012. The first of a fictional trilogy inspired by the English author's life, and concentrating on his love affair between the ages of 10 and 14 with a boy two years older, in 1956-60.
O., Rachid, L'enfant ébloui (The Dazzled Child), Paris, 1995. In French only. The fictionalised autobiography of a boy in Rabat in the 1980s, who at 13 began a love affair with his Arabic teacher; valuable for its insight into modern Moroccan mores.
Onstott, Kyle and Lance Horner, Child of the Sun, Connecticut, 1966. A fictionalised biography of the man-loving 3rd century Roman boy Emperor Elagabalus, thoroughly researched and concentrating on his loves from the age of 13.
Peters, Fritz, Finistère, London, 1951. The liaison in the late 1920s of an American boy of 15, living in France with his divorced mother, and a youngish homosexual teacher, resulting in tragedy from the typical reaction of the boy's family to homosexuality, the age difference not then being a particular issue.
Peyrefitte, Roger, Les Amitiés Particulières, Marseille, 1943, translated from the French by Edward Hyams as Special Friendships, London, 1958. The superlative tragic love affair of a 12-year-old and a sophisticated 14-year-old aristocrat at a French Catholic boarding school in the 1920s.
Peyrefitte, Roger, L'Exilé de Capri, translated from the French by Edward Hyams as The Exile of Capri, London, 1959. A fictionalised biography of French industrial aristocrat and boy-lover Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen (1880–1923), who spent most of his life as a refugee in Capri, following a scandal in his youth.
Peyrefitte, Roger, Roy, Paris, 1979, (no authorised translation from the French exists). A satire on life in California in 1977-8 seen through the wild erotic adventures of 13-year-old beauty Roy Clear, mostly with rich and powerful men.
Picano, Felice, An Asian Minor, New York, 1981. Written as an autobiography between the ages of twelve and fourteen of the much-desired Trojan boy Ganymede, famous in Greek legend for being abducted by Zeus, in its language, tone and illustrations, this is whole-heartedly modern American and gay, and could hardly be less Greek in sentiment.
Reid, Forrest, The Garden God: A Tale of Two Boys, London, 1906. The tragic love story of two fifteen-year-old boys at a boarding school, not necessarily more than platonic, but with pederastic undertones coming from classical Greek references and its depiction of boys as a romantic and aesthetic ideal.
Rogers, Paul T., Saul's Book, New York, 1982. The story of a Puerto Rican boy hustler in New York, dominated from the age of thirteen by a middle-aged criminal lover modeled on the author.
Russell, Paul, The Coming Storm, 1999.
Saikaku, Ihara, 井原 西鶴, Nanshoku Ōkagami 男色大鑑, Ōsaka, 1687, translated from the Japanese by P.G. Schalow as The Great Mirror of Male Love, Stanford, 1990. The greatest compilation of boy-love stories ever produced, the first twenty concern the love affairs of samurai with boys of their own class and the remaining twenty the liaisons of kabuki boy actors, together offering unparalleled insight into wakashudō, the Japanese "way of loving boys."
Saylor, Steven, “Death by Eros” in A Gladiator Dies Only Once, New York, 2005. One of nine excellent short stories about Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder, this is a beautifully told and historically realistic story of unrequited Greek love set in Naples in 75 BC. Gordianus is asked by a wealthy Greek to discover who has murdered his only son, a cold beauty of fifteen.
Schulman, Sarah, The Child, New York, 2007. Depressing and uninspiring story about an American boy of fifteen panicked into murder when his affair with a man is exposed, noted here because it involves a man/boy liaison, but nevertheless very 21st-century and far-removed from Greek love in sentiment and ethos.
Shellhart, Gary, Kite Music, Austin, Texas, 1988. Fine story of a young American teacher in Thailand in 1967 finding fulfillment and acceptance of his love of boys, lovingly depicting Thai culture and contrasting it with the brutal bigotry of the protagonist's homeland; slightly marred by a sub-plot involving misplaced American patriotism.
Soulié de Morant, George, Bijou-de-ceinture, ou le jeune homme qui porte robe, se poudre et se farde, roman, Paris, 1925, translated from the French by Gerald Fabian & Guy Wernham as Pei Yu: Boy Actress, San Francisco, 1991. The possibly true story recounted by a French sinologist of a Chinese boy opera actor loved by several men, beginning in 1895, when he was ten.
Stadler, Matthew, Allan Stein, New York, 1999.
Stewart, Angus, Sandel, London, 1968. The moving but realistic and semi-autobiographical love story, set implicitly in the late 1950s, of an Oxford undergraduate and an exceptionally talented choirboy aged 12 to 13.
Torey, Frank (edr.), Panthology One, Coltsfoot Press, Amsterdam, 1981.
Torey, Frank (edr.), Panthology Two, Coltsfoot Press, Amsterdam, 1982.
Torey, Frank (edr.), Panthology Three, Coltsfoot Press, Amsterdam, 1984.
Torey, Frank (edr.), Panthology Four, Coltsfoot Press, Amsterdam, 1984.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The First Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1986.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Second Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1987.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Third Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1988.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Fourth Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1990.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Fifth Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1991.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Sixth Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1991.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Seventh Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1992.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Eighth Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1992.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Ninth Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1993.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Tenth Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1994.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Eleventh Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1995.
Torey, Frank (edr.), The Twelfth Acolyte Reader, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1996.
Turk, Ruth, More Than Friends, New York, 1980. A realistic depiction of a love affair of several years between a married father and a teenage boy, but a little depressing in its approving account of the letting down of others in the various characters' quests for self-fulfilment. Set in New England in the late 1970s.
Vernon, Frances, The Fall of Doctor Onslow, London, 1994. A fictionalisation of the true drama of Charles Vaughan, Harrow's greatest headmaster, obliged to resign in 1859 over an affair with a boy. Though deliberately not an accurate telling of Vaughan's story, it is staggeringly authentic in its presentation of Victorian thinking.
Worthy, Simon, The Chronicles of the Koster Dilemma, Acolyte Press, Amsterdam, 1986. The numerous sexual liaisons of a American boy between the ages of 12 and 15.
Xin Yue Zhu Ren, Yi-chun Xiang-zhi 宜春香質 (Pleasant Spring and Fragrant Character), early 19th century. In Chinese only. Four pederotically explicit stories titled Wind, Flower, Snow and Moon.
Yeo, Robin (editor), All Boys Together, GMP Publishers, Swaffham, 2000. An anthology of eighteen short stories, ranging from the purportedly fictional to the purportedly autobiographical and set between the third and last decades of the twentieth century, worldwide, though mostly in England. Mostly pederastic to some degree.
Zuixihu Xinyue Zhuren 醉西湖心月主人, Biàn ér chāi 弁而釵 (Caps with Hairpins), Chonghzen period (1628-44). In Chinese only. Four erotic short stories about men and boys entitled "Chaste Love", "Gallant Love", "Virtuous Love" and "Marvelous Love".
Zupp, Peter, The Chronicles of the Desert Ranch School, 1985. Very American pederotica, too relentless to allow for much else.
Zupp, Peter, The Chronicles of Fenway Academy, 1985. Erotic story of a teacher and boy of 13 at a boarding-school in New England.
Novels in which Greek love is a significant theme
Andersen, Richard, Straight Cut Ditch, New York, 1979. Satire set in a American high school for boys with pederastic faculty.
Augiéras, François, L'Apprenti Sorcier, France, 1964, translated from the French by Sue Dyson as The Sorcerer's Apprentice, London, 2001. While living under the masochistic mentorship of an unorthodox priest of 35 in the countryside of the Dordogne, a teenager has a passionate, lyrically-described love affair with a postboy of twelve.
Behr, Mark, Embrace, London, 2001. The partly autobiographical story of an Afrikaans boy of 10-13 sent in the 1970s to an exclusive musical academy where at thirteen he begins sexual liaisons with both his best friend and his choirmaster.
Burroughs, William, The Naked Lunch, New York, 1959. A non-linear narrative without a clear plot of the travels of an American fugitive; originally banned for obscenity (including the pedication of boys).
Campbell, Michael, Lord Dismiss Us, London, 1967.
Couperus, Louis, De Berg van Licht (The Mountain of Light), 3 volumes, Amsterdam, 1904-5. Translated from the original Dutch into German only. A psychological novel of the man-loving Roman boy Emperor Elagabalus, presenting his story as as the tragedy of a Syrian soul unhappily transplanted to Rome.
Dilke, Christopher, The Rotten Apple, London, 1968. The decision of a relatively enlightened housemaster at a minor boarding-school not to report the sexual liaison of two of his boys to the harsh headmaster leads to protracted infighting. Interesting for the varied attitudes of the day towards schoolboy homosexuality, the disputed issues being its potential for cure and contagion, and not at all that the affair uncovered was between a senior and junior boy.
Duggan, Alfred, Family Favourites, 1960. The lively and historically convincing autobiography of a fictional Praetorian Guard, mostly about his time as personal bodyguard and confidant of the early 3rd century teenage Roman Emperor Elagabalus, who, as depicted, really did at 14 scandalise Rome through his open sexual dalliances with well-endowed men.
Ebers, Georg, Der Kaiser, 2 volumes, Stuttgart, 1881, translated from the German as The Emperor, 1881. An Egyptologist's scholarly novelisation of the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his loved boy Antinous, adapted to 19th century taste with the physical nature of Hadrian's passion only hinted at and Antinous made to drown himself out of unrequited love for a Christian maiden.
Essebac, Achille, Dédé, Paris, 1901, translated from the French into German only. The tragically-concluded love affair of two schoolboys, aged 14 to 16, boarding in Paris. Though this relationship cannot be labeled pederastic, the appeal of adolescent boys to men is a strong underlying theme.
Golding, Paul, The Abomination, New York, 2000.
Hanley, James, Boy, London, 1931. A relentlessly grim story ending in death of a stowaway boy of thirteen from Liverpool, raped and generally mistreated.
Hurstey, Richey, Near Fatal Attraction, New York, 1977. Gruesome novel about sex and violence in an American boy scout troop, including finally a Greek love affair between the narrator and a boy.
Kent, Chris, The Boys of Swithins Hall, San Francisco, 1999. Homoerotic goings-on at a boys' boarding-school in England and on holiday, narrated by a young schoolmaster, almost all involving adolescents of similar age, but with a little pederasty mixed in.
Lombard, Jean, L'Agonie, 1888. In French only. A decadent novel of Rome in the reign of Elagabalus (himself depicted as thoroughly depraved), with a boy-loving main character obsessed with androgyny.
Miller, Stephen D. (editor), Partings at Dawn. An Anthology of Japanese Gay Literature, San Francisco, 1996. Despite the subsidiary title and editorial downplay, the first, pre-20th-century half of this collection of short stories and excerpts from longer ones is as nearly purely pederastic as to be expected of traditional Japan.
O’Neill, James, At Swim, Two Boys, London, 2001.
Pasolini, Pier Paolo, Ragazzi di vita, Italy, 1955, first translated from the Italian by Emile Capouya as The Ragazzi, New York, 1968. The grim lives of boy hustlers in a post-war Roman slum.
Pasolini, Pier Paolo, Una vita violenta, Italy, 1959, translated from the Italian by William Weaver as A Violent Life, London, 1968. The life from 1948 to 1958 of an Romanan slum-boy involved in hustling and petty crime.
Petronius Arbiter, Titus, The Satyricon, ca. AD 65, frequently translated from the Latin.
Raven, Simon, Fielding Gray, London, 1967. Partly autobiographical and set in 1945 in a public school where liaisons between younger and older boys are pervasive, at seventeen the golden schoolboy of the title triggers disaster through ill-conceived seduction of an unsuitable boy his age.
Reid, Forrest, Uncle Stephen, 1931. An orphaned 15-year-old runs away from his step-mother and goes to live with his unknown and mysterious uncle, and has loving relationships with both him and a poacher so intense one may guess that they were underpinned by Greek love.
Reid, Forrest, Denis Bracknell, 1947. A young tutor comes to stay with a wealthy family and gets intensely involved with their unwordly, moon-worshipping son of 15. At most, only obliquely pederastic.
Renault, Mary, The Last of the Wine, London, 1956. An exceptionally authentic depiction of Athens during the Peloponnesian war presented through the beautifully-told story of an aristocratic boy recounted in the first person and including his typical love affair with a young man.
Renault, Mary, The Persian Boy, London, 1972. The beautifully-written fictional autobiography of a real eunuch boy loved by Alexander the Great, the last three quarters bring Alexander's last seven years to accurate and deeply-moving life.
Renault, Mary, The Praise Singer, London, 1978. A fictional autobiography of the poet Simonides of Keos down to the expulsion of the Peisistratidai from Athens in 510 BC, focused on the role in that of the unrequited passion of the tyrant's brother Hipparchos for the boy Harmodios.
Rolfe, Frederick William writing as Baron Corvo, Stories Toto Told Me, 1898. The adventures of a 14-year-old Italian peasant told by himself, none are pederastic, but they are sensually suffused with the boy-loving author's appreciation of boys and inspired by his not-necessarily-consummated love affair with a boy of this name.
Saikaku, Ihara, 井原 西鶴, Kōshoku ichidai otoko 好色一代男, Ōsaka, 1682, abridged and translated from the Japanese by Hamada Kengi as The Life of an Amorous Man, Vermont, 1964. The love life of a lustful plebeian between the ages of six and sixty, including liaisons with 3,742 women, 725 boys, and other males whilst still a boy himself.
Saikaku, Ihara, 井原 西鶴, Buke giri monogatari 武家義理物語, Ōsaka, 1688, translated by Caryl Callahan as Tales of Samurai Honor, Tokyo, 1981. Twenty-six short stories illustrating the samurai code of honour, some of them pederastic.
Strieber, Whitley, Billy, 1990. Chilling American thriller about a 12-year-old boy kidnapped by a psychopath, pederastic in so far as the man had a sexual motive.
Sturgis, Howard, Tim, London, 1891. The apparently innocent though passionate love story of a boy of 9 to 14 and one four years older, set mostly at Eton, England's pre-eminent school attended by the author at that time, innocent enough of sexual implication to draw unashamed tears from Gladstone, the prime-ministerial Etonian of the day.
White, Edmund, A Boy's Own Story, New York, 1982.
White, Edmund, Hotel de Dream, London, 2007.
Yourcenar, Marguerite, Memoirs of Hadrian, France, 1951, translated from the French by Grace Frick, London, 1955. A fictional autobiography of the Roman Emperor Hadrian written in the form of a letter with much about his passion for the boy Antinous, whom he deified.
Zilinsky, Ursula, Middle Ground, London, 1968. Excellent love story of a half-Jewish boy of fifteen and the reluctant commandant of the concentration camp in Austria to which both are consigned.
Cripps, Richard Vere, writing anonymously, Nero and Sporus, Dijon, 1924. A positive interpretation of the love affair of the Roman Emperor Nero and his boy Sporus (contemptuously depicted by the ancients).
Fry, Stephen, "Latin! or Tobacco and Boys" in Paperweight, London, 1992. Premiered Cambridge 1979. Won first prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1980.About the love affair of a boy of thirteen and a schoolmaster at a prep school.
Holmstrom, John, writing as Roger Gellert, Quaint Honour, London, 1958. Premiered at the Arts Club, London, 1958. A frank portrayal of the liaisons between older and younger boys in a boys' house at public school.
Miller, Edward J., writing as Travers Otway, The Hidden Years, London, 1948. Premiered 1947. The chaste, but clearly Greek, love affair of a house captain and much younger boy is discovered. The play thus treats of "a problem, the existence of which is known to all who have been at a public school" (author's foreword).
Montherlant, Henry de, La Ville dont le prince est un enfant, Paris, 1951. Premiered Geneva, 1952, translated from the French by Henry Reed as The Land where a Child is King for broadcast by the BBC, 1962, but not apparently published in English. A play about the love of a boy of 15-16 for one of 11-12 hypocritically challenged by the Abbot at their Catholic boarding-school.
Abu Nuwas or Hasan ibn Hani al-Hakami, Poems, a selection translated and adapted by Hakim Bey as O Tribe that Loves Boys, Amsterdam, 1993.
Abu Nuwas or Hasan ibn Hani al-Hakami, Poems, a selection translated by Jaafar Tarab as Carousing with Gazelles: Homoerotic Songs of Old Baghdad, 2005. A mere seventeen of Abu Nuwas's many pederastic poems, well annotated but rendered into English verse at a significant cost to accurate translation.
Barnfield, Richard, The Teares of an Affectionate Shepheard Sicke for Love, London, 1594.
Barnfield, Richard, Cynthia, with certain Sonnets, and the legend of Cassandra, 1595.
Beccadelli, Antonio, The Hermaphrodite, Bologna, 1425/6; translated from the Latin by Holt Parker, Harvard, 2010. Epigrams inspired by classical models and celebrating vice in general, but best-known and most controversial for those that are pederastic.
Douglas, Lord Alfred, Poems. Poèmes, Paris, 1896, in French and English on opposing pages. The definitive, unexpurgated edition of Douglas's poems.
Douglas, Norman (editor), Some Limericks, privately printed, 1929. All are sexual, but only four of the main fifty, and one more in the notes, are pederastic. Douglas’s erudite explanatory notes are entertaining.
George, Stefan, Algabal, 1892. In German only. Love poetry dedicated to a boy, much of it about the Roman boy Emperor Elagabalus.
Kaylor, Michael M. (editor), Lad’s Love. An Anthology of Uranian Poetry and Prose, 2 vols., Kansas City, 2010.
Kirmani, Awhaduddin, Quatrains, 13th century, translated from the Persian as Heart's Witness, the Sufi Quatrains of Awhaduddin Kirmani, by P. L. Wilson and B. N. Weischer, Tehran, 1978. A selection of the quatrains of a philosopher-poet who believed the Almighty revealed himself to man most perfectly through the beauty of boys.
Reid, Anthony (editor), The Eternal Flame: A World Anthology of Homosexual Verse (2000 B.C.-2000 A.D.), 2 vols., USA, 1992-2002. Despite the title, the verse is purely pederastic.
Shakespeare, William, Sonnets, London, 1609. 154 sonnets, of which the first 126 expressed profound love for the "fair youth" to whom they were addressed, and whose identity has been the subject of much controversy ever since.
Slocum, Edward M., Men and Boys: An Anthology, New York, 1924. Reprinted, with An Appreciation by T. d'Arch Smith and an Introduction by Donald H. Mader, New York, 1978. A heavily edited, but not expurgated anthology of mostly English and American verse.
Straton of Sardis, Musa Puerilis (Boyish Muse), 2nd century, best translated from the Greek by W.R.Paton in The Greek Anthology IV, Loeb Classics, 1918. A collection of frank, but not coarse, poems about boys providing unrivaled insight into the thoughts of a dedicated lover of boys in antiquity.