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UnspeakableA Life beyond Sexual Morality$
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Rachel Hope Cleves

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226733531

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.001.0001

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(p.17) Chapter One Crocodiles

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

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 about his early childhood in Austria, where his Scottish family ran a mill. However, his childhood was haunted by the trauma of his father's early death in a climbing accident. As an old man, Douglas recalled having been erotically fixated on youth from when he was six years old, and he hinted at having had formative sexual relations with his younger sister as well as classmates at the English boarding schools where he was sent when his mother remarried. At school, Douglas encountered the late Victorian idealization of Hellenic pederasty, a romantic relationship between teachers and students. Douglas finished his education at a gymnasium in Karlsruhe, Baden. He expanded his erotic range to include young women, but as Douglas entered early adulthood he never ceased to be sexually drawn to children and youth, boys in particular.

Keywords:   childhood, Austria, nature, incest, England, school, pederasty, Karlsruhe, Norman Douglas

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