Posted on 10/22/2019 at 08:20 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Monday that it will not, in fact, publish Naomi Wolf’s latest book, Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love.

During an interview in May, historian Matthew Sweet called attention to a major error in Wolf’s book, which focuses on the treatment of homosexuals in Victorian England. 

“Death recorded” means that a sentence was documented but not carried out; it does not mean an execution took place.

Sweet additionally pointed out that sodomy laws during the 19th century also applied to child abuse and not just homosexuality.

While Houghton initially said it would still publish the book, it later decided to delay the release of Outrages in order to address issues.

And yesterday, Houghton released a statement saying that it and the author had “mutually and amicably agreed to part company.”

Wolf told the New York Times that she still intends to publish Outrages in the U.S. 

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