The Italian Invert


Intimate Confessions of a
Homosexual to Émile Zola

Edited by
Michael Rosenfeld
with William A. Peniston

Translated by
Nancy Erber
and William A. Peniston

250 pages

Paperback, $25.00 / £22.00 ISBN: 9781939594419
Hardcover, $60.00 / £50.00 ISBN: 9781939594426
E-book, $19.95 / £16.99 ISBN: 9781939594433

Recipient of the 2018 French Voices Award for excellence in publication and translation!*
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Michael Rosenfeld is a doctoral candidate at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 and at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. His thesis is on the representation of homosexuality in public discourse, intimate writing, and literature in France and Belgium from 1870 to 1905.

William A. Peniston is the librarian and archivist at the Newark Museum, as well as a French historian. He is the author of Pederasts and Others: Urban Culture and Sexual Identity in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

Nancy Erber is Professor Emerita of Modern Languages and Literature at the City University of New York. She is the co-editor of Disorder in the Court: Trials and Sexual Conflict at the Turn of the Century and translator of Paul Thorez’s Model Children: Inside the Republic of Red Scarves.