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Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality

Rachel Hope Cleves


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. Changes in how Anglo-American culture has understood intergenerational sex can be seen with startling clarity in the life of British novelist and travel writer Norman Douglas (1868–1952), who was both a beloved and popular author, a friend of luminaries like Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, and D.H. Lawrence—as well as an unrepentant and uncloseted pederast. Rachel Hope Cleves’s careful study opens a wi ... More

Keywords: Norman Douglas, intergenerational sex, pederasty, pedophilia, biography, literature, England, Italy, travel writing, celebrity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226733531
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Hope Cleves, author
University of Victoria