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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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Pinorman versus Grand Man

Pinorman versus Grand Man

(p.264) Chapter Twenty Pinorman versus Grand Man

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

In 1954, two rivaling biographies of Norman Douglas came out within the span of months. Richard Aldington, who had first announced his intention to write a biography of Douglas in 1941, released his book Pinorman, a full-throated attack on his former friend as a child abuser. Nancy Cunard, who had known of Aldington's work in progress, rushed to publication her own defense of Douglas's life, titled Grand Man. Cunard and Aldington accompanied their black and white portraits of Douglas with equally stark attacks on each other's books. The conflict rose above the level of the literary into a personal feud, with Cunard threatening to sue Aldigton's publisher and Aldington threatening to sue Cunard. Both sides enlisted other literary personalities. Graham Greene joined Cunard in attack on Aldington. Frieda Lawrence joined Aldington in attack on Douglas. A close look at Aldington's correspondence reveals the role that homophobia played in his antagonism to Douglas. By the 1950s, the notion of pederasty had become archaic, replaced by pedophilia and homosexuality.

Keywords:   Norman Douglas, biography, Richard Aldington, Nancy Cunard, Graham Greene, Frieda Lawrence, child abuse, homosexuality, pedophilia, pederasty

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