A publisher has cancelled the book “Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love” by the American author Naomi Wolf.
The book is about gay persecution in 19th century Britain, but the book was stopped after the manuscript had several errors.
Wolf’s book examines Britain’s Victorian laws which punished men with execution for having sex with other men.
Wolf wrote about men sentenced to death by London’s Old Bailey court in the 1850s for sodomy, even though the last recorded hanging for gay sex in Britain was in 1835.
Wolfs claims that “several dozen” men were executed in the 19th century, but she was challenged earlier this year by a British historian Dr Matthew Sweet. He said that Wolf misinterpreted the phrase “death recorded” as execution, when in fact it meant the accused were spared.