Non-Fiction of Gay Interest
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"With the assistance of Ellis's literary executor, and the aid of unpublished journals and letters, Arthur Calder-Marshall has reconstructed the life of this shy scholar who could not bear to look anyone in the eye and yet became a world-wide authority on sex; who sought his fulfilment by accepting his limitations, who received a mystical illumination of God, in whose personality he could not believe, and who having resigned himself to the impossibility of full happiness found it at the age of sixty."
(from the jacket)
Background / Biography:
"Arthur Calder-Marshall, born in 1908, was educated at St Paul's School and Hertford College, Oxford. His best-known novels are About Levy, Dead Centre, Pie in the Sky and The Scarlet Boy. He has written an autobiographical memoir of Aleister Crowley and his circle, The Magic of My Youth, and biographies of such diverse characters as Vice-Admiral the Rev Ryall Wadham Woods (No Earthly Command), 'Father Ignatius' (The Enthusiast), and the author of Studies in the Psychology of Sex (Havelock Ellis). It was his interest in Ellis which led him into the detailed investigation of the Bedborough Trial, and further to a more detailed study of nineteenth-century secular martyrdom, its motives, mechanics and results, as exemplified in Lewd, Blasphemous and Obscene."
(from the jacket of Calder-Marshall's Lewd, Blasphemous & Obscene)
Henry Havelock Ellis (2 February 1859 - 8 July 1939) was a British sexologist, physician, and social reformer. continued on Wikipedia
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"'At 1 St John's Grove, a small semi-detached flint house in Old Croydon, Susannah Wheatley Ellis gave birth to a son and heir at 8.15 on the morning of 2 February 1859, after a night so stormy that the family doctor, Alfred Carpenter, never forgot it.
Susannah Wheatley had married her cousin Edward Peppen Ellis four years before, just after he had been given command, at the age of twenty-eight, of his first merchant ship. It was her only major act of disobedience to her father, who as he lay dying had warned his daughter never to marry a sailor."
opening paragraphs, Chapter One
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