I’m feeling mildly chuffed that my letter about James Douglas and his 1918 attack on the novel Despised and Rejected has been given pride of place on the Times Literary Supplement letters page today.
The TLS website has been redesigned, so that it looks snazzier, but no longer offers a PDF of the week’s letters page. The gist of my letter, including the text of Douglas’s London Opinion piece, can however be found in a post on this blog, which also speculates about Douglas’s attitudes to women.
A couple of years back, I blogged about some of the things I discovered in the publisher’s archive, over in Amsterdam. Also Lord Harberton’s response to the prosecution, and the Manchester Guardian‘s grudging review of the novel.
I’d like to write a full paper on the publication and prosecution of the novel, and what I’d most like to see are the official (DPP?) documents about the decision to prosecute. Has anyone any idea where I might find these? At the National Archive in Kew, maybe?