[Ads-l] Antedating of "Psychosexual"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 1 14:17:38 UTC 2015


The most interesting antedating from the works of J. A. Symonds, which I did not post yesterday because I had previously posted it on ADS-L and previously contributed it to the OED, is the word "homosexual" itself.  The OED's first use for "homosexual" is from an 1892 translation of Krafft-Ebing, but Symonds used the word dozens of times in his 1891 work, A Problem in Modern Ethics.

Fred Shapiro



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What's surprising about these antedatings is that they all come from a once
prominent writer.

JL

On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 8:34 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
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> psychosexual (OED 1894)
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> 1892 Havelock Ellis _Letter to J. A. Symonds_ 21 Dec. in Sean Brady _John
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> ddington Symonds (1840-1893) and Homosexuality_ (2012) 235  I thought it
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> ght be desirable to give 3 or 4 cases of inverted sexuality or
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>  hermaphroditism in distinguished men with some detail.
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