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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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Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith

(p.117) Chapter Eight Keeping Faith

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

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 increasingly indiscrete about his sexual misbehavior. With Eric Wolton drafted into the British army, Douglas was soliciting other boys. One reported him to the police, resulting in the writer's arrest. When the police charged him with additional assaults on two boys earlier that summer, Douglas appeared to be at risk of lengthy imprisonment. However, his friend the writer Faith Mackenzie honestly testified that Douglas had been with her in Capri at the time. Douglas was released on bail and fled England in January 1917. He did not return to the country for twenty-five years.

Keywords:   Faith Mackenzie, London, Joseph Conrad, World War I, indecent assault, arrest, childhood, pederasty, Norman Douglas

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