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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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A Hymn to Copulation

A Hymn to Copulation

(p.166) Chapter Twelve A Hymn to Copulation

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

Between 1921 and 1933, Norman Douglas published ten original works and at least six repackaged editions of formerly published essays. Many of his works were on erotic themes, including a reference work about aphrodisiacs. He attributed this burst of creativity to his many erotic relationships with boys. His need for income was an equally powerful motivator. Douglas privately published his more sexually explicit books in Italy, with the help of Pino Orioli, in order to avoid British censorship laws. Douglas also introduced D. H. Lawrence to Orioli, who arranged for Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover to be printed in Italy. Commentators in the 1920s linked Douglas and Lawrence. Some favored Douglas as a writer because of his works' humor, exemplified in his 1928 collection of filthy limericks. But Lawrence, who at times was censorious of Douglas's pederasty, has had a more lasting impact.

Keywords:   Norman Douglas, erotic literature, boys, censorship, Pino Orioli, D. H. Lawrence, Italy, Lady Chatterley's Lover, aphrodisiacs

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