Rare inscribed first edition of this long influential, but now discredited, early study of lesbian women.
Near fine in a very good jacket.
"Many lesbians claim that they are happy and experience no conflict about their homosexuality, simply because they have accepted the fact that they are lesbians and will continue to live a lesbian type of existence. But this is only a surface or pseudohappiness. Basically, they are lonely and unhappy and are afraid to admit it, deluding themselves into believing that they are free of all mental conflicts and are well adjusted to their homosexuality." — Frank S. Caprio
Widely taught throughout the 1950s and 60s, Caprio's FEMALE HOMOSEXUALITY, while far from sensational (though he does spend an entire chapter describing "authentic" and "inauthentic" lesbian bars), largely argued that lesbianism was at its core simply a form of sexual immaturity that could and should be outgrown. Though the book was in part inspired by Kinsey (to whom the book is dedicated and whose SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN FEMALE was published the previous year), Caprio lacks Kinsey's less judgmental and more rigorous approach. Despite these faults (or rather because of them), the book was a standard for at least a generation of psychologists and went through numerous printings; it is uncommon in its first edition, scarce in jacket, and rare signed.
New York: The Citadel Press, (1954). 8.25" x 5.25". Original blue-grey cloth. In original printed dust jacket ($5.00). Includes a foreword by Karl M. Bowman, with bibliography and index at rear. 334 pages. Inscribed by Caprio on front free endpaper: "To my good friends and / neighbors / Homer and Alice Brinkley / with my sincerest compliments / 'Frank' Caprio / Mar 23, 1955."Jacket spine toned, some mild chipping here and there, and one-inch tear at fold of spine. Book has touches of shelfwear at extremities. Overall, clean and sound.
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