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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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Omnes Eodem Cogimur

Omnes Eodem Cogimur

(p.256) Chapter Nineteen Omnes Eodem Cogimur

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

In January 1952, Douglas's physical and mental decline reached a crisis point. His hosts, Kenneth Macpherson and Islay Lyons, were growing increasingly desperate. On February 5, Douglas took a fatal dose of painkillers. He died two days later. Macpherson and Lyons covered up his suicide. As soon as Douglas was dead, his friends lionized his memory. The island of Capri held a momentous funeral. But conflicts over Douglas's memory began straight away. In the obituary pages, critics of Douglas battled his defenders. A few friends tried to capture the unsettling mixture of bad and good in his life. Martha Gordon Crotch called him the "world's best bad man." Bryher also struggled to write about him honestly.

Keywords:   Capri, suicide, Norman Douglas, Kenneth Macpherson, memory, Martha Gordon Crotch, Bryher, obituaries

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