Havelock Ellis

Havelock Ellis (Henry Havelock Ellis), 1859–1939, English psychologist and author. He became a qualified physician but devoted himself to scientific study and writing. Although the first volume of the Studies in the Psychology of Sex (7 vol., 1897–1928; completed ed. 4 vol., 1936) was banned on charges of obscenity, the series—Ellis's major work—constituted a valuable contribution to the study of sex problems and had an important influence in changing the public attitude toward them. In 1891, Ellis married Edith Lees. The story of their marriage is the chief theme of his My Life (1940). His other works include, besides poems and essays, A Study of British Genius (1904), The Dance of Life (1923), and Man and Woman (rev. ed. 1934).

See biographies by J. S. Collis (1959) and A. Calder-Marshall (1960).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Havelock Ellis: Selected full-text books and articles

My Life: Autobiography of Havelock Ellis By Havelock Ellis Houghton Mifflin, 1939
My Other Self: The Letters of Olive Schreiner and Havelock Ellis, 1884-1920 By Olive Schreiner; Havelock Ellis; Yaffa Claire Draznin Peter Lang, 1992
The Dance of Life By Havelock Ellis Houghton Mifflin, 1923
Suppressed Books: A History of the Conception of Literary Obscenity By Alec Craig World Publishing, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "Havelock Ellis"
Dangerous Thoughts By Lancelot Hogben W W Norton & Company Inc, 1940
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Havelock Ellis"
Science in the Bedroom: A History of Sex Research By Vern L. Bullough Basic Books, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Hirschfeld, Ellis, and Freud"
Human Sexuality By David A. Schulz Prentice Hall, 1984 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Havelock Ellis begins on p. 50
Sex, Culture, and Myth By Bronislaw Malinowski Harcourt, Brace & World, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Havelock Ellis begins on p. 129
The Descent of Love: Darwin and the Theory of Sexual Selection in American Fiction, 1871-1926 By Bert Bender University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Sexual Selection according to Darwin, Ellis, and Pound" begins on p. 346
Joyce, Bakhtin, and Popular Literature: Chronicles of Disorder By R. B. Kershner University of North Carolina Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Joyces' Reading: Elusive Dialoguism: The Ideology of an Aesthete: Havelock Ellis and The New Spirit" begins on p. 227
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