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A Hymn to Copulation

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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2020
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University of Chicago Press
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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0015
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Between 1921 and 1933, Norman Douglas published ten original works and at least six repackaged editions of formerly published essays. Many of his works were on erotic themes, including a reference ... More


Footnote on Capri

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0022
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Norman Douglas returned to Italy "to die" in June 1946. In October he moved to Capri, where he hoped to live for his remaining years. He brought with him a traumatized nine year old Neapolitan named ... More


Crocodiles

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0002
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Norman Douglas loved childhood. In his books and essays, Douglas romanticized children, advising they be brought up in nature rather than subjected to standardized schooling. He wrote nostalgically ... More


Elsa

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0005
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

The story of Norman Douglas's marriage to his first cousin Elsa FitzGibbon, in 1898, demonstrates the power differential between men and women in normative relationships at the time, and suggests ... More


Epicurus

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0017
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Norman Douglas had a reputation as a philosopher. He claimed an affinity for Epicurus, sharing his belief that pleasure was the purpose of life. He denied being a hedonist, explaining that he defined ... More


On the Run

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0020
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

The rise of Italian Fascism threatened the expatriate queer community in Florence. Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 led the United Kingdom to impose sanctions against the country, heightening ... More


Capri

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0006
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

After his divorce, Norman Douglas moved to Capri, an island in the Bay of Naples. Douglas began to craft a new persona as a modern pagan, rejecting all moral laws and dedicating himself to the ... More


Norman Douglas

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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University of Chicago Press
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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0008
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

By 1908, Norman Douglas had exhausted his financial resources and he began pursuing a career as a professional writer. He was assisted by Joseph Conrad, whom he had met in Capri in 1905. The two ... More


London Street Games

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0009
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

On Guy Fawkes Day, November 5, 1910, Norman Douglas met twelve year old Eric Wolton at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham. Wolton was a rough youth from Camden, a self-described delinquent. He and ... More


The Pederastic Congress

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0014
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Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

By 1921, Norman Douglas had settled in Florence, where he lived for the next seventeen years. Florence had a large Anglo colony, but Douglas was more drawn to the city for its toleration of ... More


Moving Along

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0018
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

During the 1930s, Norman Douglas and Pino Orioli went on many walking tours in Italy, Austria, and India, sometimes in the company of other friends, like Richard Aldington and Charles Prentice. When ... More


England Is a Nightmare

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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University of Chicago Press
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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0021
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Norman Douglas returned to England in January 1942. He spent the remainder of the war in London. Despite his popularity among a new generation of writers and readers, Douglas considered these to be ... More


Looking Back

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0025
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

The ongoing conversation about Norman Douglas in the decades after his death reveal changing attitudes towards adult-child sex. The relaxation of censorship laws and the relaxation of standards of ... More


Together

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In December 1918, Norman Douglas met fourteen year old school boy René Mari in the train station at Menton, France. The relationship between Douglas and Mari was one of the most important in the ... More


Diavolo Incarnato

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0016
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Norman Douglas's notorious reputation attracted many admirers. Sophisticated visitors to Florence during the interwar years sought him out at the city's cafés and restaurants. His admirers included ... More


Pinorman versus Grand Man

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0024
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In 1954, two rivaling biographies of Norman Douglas came out within the span of months. Richard Aldington, who had first announced his intention to write a biography of Douglas in 1941, released his ... More


Keeping Faith

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In November 1916, Norman Douglas was arrested outside the South Kensington tube station for committing an indecent assault on a sixteen year old boy. According to Joseph Conrad, Douglas had been ... More


Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

Rachel Hope Cleves

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2020
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9780226733531
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9780226733678
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

The sexual exploitation of children by adults has a long, fraught history. Yet how cultures have reacted to it is shaped by a range of forces, beliefs, and norms, like any other social phenomenon. ... More


Annetta and Michele

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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2020
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9780226733531
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9780226733678
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In 1896, Norman Douglas moved to Il Posillipo, in the Bay of Naples. He named his house the Villa Maya, the Sanskrit word for illusion. Douglas abandoned career and respectability, devoting himself ... More


Omnes Eodem Cogimur

Rachel Hope Cleves

in Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

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2020
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9780226733531
eISBN:
9780226733678
Item type:
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.003.0023
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

In January 1952, Douglas's physical and mental decline reached a crisis point. His hosts, Kenneth Macpherson and Islay Lyons, were growing increasingly desperate. On February 5, Douglas took a fatal ... More


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