Norton, Rictor

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Norton, Rictor Gender: M
born on 25 June 1945 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Cuba, New York, 42n13, 78w17
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 03°35' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 02°32 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 13°26'


American writer and educator. Cultural historian Rictor Norton taught one of the earliest courses on gay and lesbian literature (Florida State University, 1971) and co-edited the first all-gay issue of an academic journal (College English, 1974). After studying the Gothic literary tradition at Florida University he completed his Ph.D. there in 1973 with a dissertation on Renaissance homosexual literature. Then immigrating to London, he worked full-time at Gay News, 1974-79. Norton has written many articles on the Gothic novel and gay history & literature, and has contributed biographies of several Georgian and Victorian figures to the New Dictionary of National Biography. His website ( includes "A History of Homoerotica" section with essays on pornography, Aleister Crowley, beefcake photography, bawdy limericks and Uranian poetry.

His five books are "Gothic Readings: The First Wave, 1764-1840" 2000, an anthology of Gothic literature, set within the context of contemporary criticism and readers' responses; "Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Ann Radcliffe" 1999, the first full-scale biography of the famous Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) who authored "The Mysteries of Udolpho" 1794, the world's first best-seller; "Mother Clap's Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England, 1700 - 1830" 1992, a pioneering historical study and the first comprehensive chronicle of the English gay community at its 18th-century roots; "My Dear Boy: Gay Love Letters through the Centuries"

1997, an anthology of correspondence documenting romances between men over almost 2000 years; and "The Myth of the Modern Homosexual: Queer History and the Search for Cultural Unity" 1997, that rejects claims that "the homosexual" was invented in modern times.

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  • Work : New Job 1971 (Taught at Florida State University)
  • Social : End a program of study 1973 (Ph.D.)
  • Work : New Career 1974 (Co-editor)
  • Work : New Job 1974 (Started with "Gay News," five years)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1997 (Book released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2000 (Book released)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes fellow astrologer Rollan McCleary from Norton for date and time of "around 9:00 AM."


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Ph.D.)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (College level)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Homosexuality, anthologies)