Love, on the contrary--Love--the true, the divine Eros--the Uranian
as distinguished from the Diona~an Venus--is unquestionably the purest and truest of all poetical themes.
The narrator imagines a role for white inverts like Bradford not unlike that which Carpenter theorized for Uranians
, his term for inverted men who "stand out as helpers and guides...
Like Wyatt-Brown, he notes that Percy frequented popular gay resorts in the Mediterranean with members of a group of British poets, the Uranians
, who celebrated in verse the beauty of young boys, invoking a literary tradition based on the idealization of the Greek practice of pederasty.
Maggie became privy to the greatest secrets and hidden scandals of high society - and even of royalty - and one day she told a regular trusted client about the clandestine night-time weddings of the "Uranians
" (a secret sect of distinguished men of standing who, by law, had to keep their homosexuality expressly hidden in Victorian times).
This was particularly the case with regard to the study and characterization of people who were alternately called Urnings, Uranians
, the third sex, similisexuals, inverts, intersexes, intermediates, and homosexuals.
MICHAEL MATTHEW KAYLOR, SECRETED DESIRES: THE MAJOR URANIANS
: HOPKINS, PATER AND WILDE 339 n.1 (2006); see also EDWARD J.
"The Greek Mirror: The Uranians
and Their Use of Greece." Journal of Homosexuality 49: 377-420.
A little-noticed masterpiece, Michael Kaylor's Secreted Desires: The Major Uranians
: Hopkins, Pater, and Wilde (Masaryk University Press, 2006), gives the fullest account of how Pater, whom critics had denounced for homosexual activity as well as for publications of his that seemed to advocate it, had (like Walt Whitman in his old age) long been taking greater precautions.
Wilde was associated with that group of writers dubbed the 'uranians
' (a prominent member of which was Lord Alfred Douglas), and his fascination with, for example, the relations between Balzac's Vautrin and Lucien de Rubempre and with novels like Rachilde's Monsieur Venus all testify to this interest.
Another anti-sodomy-law opponent, lawyer Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, proposed that homosexual men, or "Uranians
," as he called them (and he openly considered himself a Uranian
, while Kertbeny was coy about his preferences), were actually a third sex, their attraction to other men a manifestation of the female soul residing in their male bodies.
had teleported all our spoken and written languages and, using a process known as atomic engraving, had captured inside this hologram the linguistic history of Earth's civilisation.'