Alfred Kinsey Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Christenson, Cornelia V. Kinsey: A Biography. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1971, 241 p.

Biography drawn from the author's personal association with Kinsey as a researcher and subject, as well as more than one hundred questionnaires sent to colleagues who knew Kinsey at various stages of his life. Christenson also reprints several articles authored by Kinsey.

Jones, James H. Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997, 937 p.

Attempts to depict Kinsey as a man who detested Victorian morality, and who was determined to defuse sexual repression and guilt.

Pomeroy, Wardell B. Dr. Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research. New York: Harper & Row, 1972, 479 p.

Account by a former researcher with Kinsey at the Institute for Sex Research.


Allyn, David. "Private Acts/Public Policy: Alfred Kinsey, the American Law Institute and the Privatization of American Sexual Morality." Journal of American Studies 30, No. 3 (December 1986): 405-28.

Argues that Kinsey and his work contributed to the abandonment of the concept of public morality.

Cochran, William G., Frederick Mosteller, and John W. Tukey. Statistical Problems of the Kinsey Report on Sexual Behavior in the Human Male: A Report of the American Statistical Committee to Advise the National Research Council Committee for Research in Problems of Sex. Washington, D.C.: The American Statistical Association, 1954, 338 p.

Concludes that probability sampling might have provided more accurate results in the Kinsey Report.

Deutsch, Albert, ed. Sex Habits of American Men: A Symposium on the Kinsey Report. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1948, 244 p.

Presents papers on such topics as religion, sociology, psychiatry, legal issues, and Kinsey's methodology.

Robinson, Paul. The Modernization of Sex: Havelock Ellis, Alfred Kinsey, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. New York: Harper & Row, 1976, 200 p.

Argues that Havelock Ellis, Kinsey, Masters, and Johnson have been unfairly forgotten because they dealt exclusively in sexual topics, unlike Sigmund Freud, who researched and wrote on many different topics.

Weinberg, Martin S., ed. Sex Research: Studies from the Kinsey Institute. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976, 320 p.

Anthologizes key papers published by the Kinsey Institute, including works by Kinsey, Paul Gebhard, and Wardell B. Pomeroy.