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In 1908, early gay rights advocate Edward Prime-Stevenson catalogued a collection of books from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that he described as "homosexual" juvenile fiction--what might be the first such attempt to compile a list of gay children's literature in English. Most of the books he referenced received positive reviews at the time of their publication and evaded censors despite their often overt descriptions of same-sex love and companionship. This presentation will discuss some of the works from Stevenson's list and will consider how they might continue to find relevance and appeal to today's young people amidst recent efforts to challenge and ban contemporary gay children's books in school and public libraries.


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