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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.126) Chapter Nine Alone

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

His public reputation for sexual immorality didn't end Norman Douglas's career, it made him into a literary celebrity. Douglas had finished writing South Wind, his novel about Capri, in the fall of 1916, shortly before his arrest. Before fleeing England he delivered the book to his publisher, Martin Secker. Douglas said he tried to put all the sins that had ever been committed in the novel. South Wind was popular for its rejection of morality and Douglas's wicked reputation helped sell the book. His hedonism also attracted new friends like Edward Hutton and Maurice Magnus. After his flight from England, Douglas traveled peripatetically around Italy. Hutton, founder of the British Institute of Florence, published Douglas's essays about these travels in his Anglo-Italian Review. Later they were published in a volume of travel writing titled Alone. But as Douglas conceded, he was never alone. His essays revealed that he was always on the prowl for boys. Readers were drawn to the book because of its erotic sensibility.

Keywords:   Italy, Alone, pederasty, South Wind, Mediterranean, Martin Secker, morality, Capri, hedonism, Edward Hutton

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