William Johnson Cory
Edinburgh: Tragara Press, 1982
William Johnson Cory is perhaps the most discussed ‘Uranian’ in terms of his sexual intentions and actions. A schoolteacher at Eton, he was, alone amongst all of the writers included here, censured for immorality and inappropriate intimacy with boys, losing his position and voluntarily exiling himself. The exact extent of his guilt has been argued, and the fact that he was still held in extremely high regard is evidenced by this rather lavish private printing of his letters and journals, which include several references to, and indeed letters to, the boys with whom he had been accused of being ‘intimate’. However, he remained unread and unpublished for decades before, as with Nicholson, being republished in the 1980s, here in a limited edition pamphlet from the Tragara Press.