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Neurasthenia, Decadence, and Nineteenth-Century Manhood

in Impotence: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226500768
eISBN:
9780226500935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226500935.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

When John Ruskin and Effie Gray married in 1848, the nervous Ruskin suggested on religious and practical grounds that they wait five years before having sex; he was twenty-nine and she was twenty. ... More


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