These two volumes constitute the first substantial anthology of paederastic poetry and prose compiled since Men and Boys: An Anthology in 1924. It is a representative sampling of the diverse paederastic texts written by the English Uranians, ranging from William Johnson's Ionica (1858) to Samuel Elsworth Cottam's Cameos of Boyhood (1930). Forty-seven writers of Uranian poetry and prose have been included in the two volumes of this anthology, including, in this second volume:
Edmund St. Gascoigne Mackie, Hector Hugh Munro ("Saki"), A. Newman, John Gambril Francis Nicholson, William Paine, Walter Pater, Mark André Raffalovich, Forrest Reid, Frederick William Rolfe ("Baron Corvo"), Charles Edward Sayle, Charles Kenneth Scott-Moncrieff, Arnold William Smith, Simeon Solomon, Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset, Stanislaus Eric, Count Stenbock, John Moray Stuart-Young, John Addington Symonds, Edward Perry Warren, Joseph William Gleeson White, Oscar Wilde, Theodore Percival Cameron Wilson, George Edward Woodberry, Cuthbert Wright
Despite a variety of approaches to the theme, the writers anthologized here have one thing in common: Boy-love was, for them, a profound passion.