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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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England Is a Nightmare

England Is a Nightmare

(p.233) Chapter Seventeen England Is a Nightmare

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

Norman Douglas returned to England in January 1942. He spent the remainder of the war in London. Despite his popularity among a new generation of writers and readers, Douglas considered these to be the unhappiest years of his life. He hated the food, the climate, and the lack of boys. He spent much of his time with close women friends including Nancy Cunard, Faith Mackenzie, Viva King, and Theodora FitzGibbon (the wife of his cousin by marriage, the writer Constantine FitzGibbon). His creative inspiration exhausted, Douglas wrote only a few short reflective essays during these years. His friend Willie King took on the role of literary executor to try and help Douglas capitalize on his back catalog. When an article about Douglas by his former friend Richard Aldington was published, he began to worry about his legacy. He feared that he would be remembered more for his scandalous personal life than for his writing. He was even more disturbed when Aldington announced his attention to write a biography of Douglas.

Keywords:   England, World War II, Norman Douglas, Viva King, Brian Howard, Theodora FitzGibbon, Richard Aldington, biography

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