Monday, August 08, 2005

Lytton Strachey


The Letters of Lytton Strachey, edited by Paul Levy, tell us about Strachey's sex life.

Lytton Strachey (1880-1932) was a famous British writer. He wrote ‘Eminent Victorians’.

What do the letters tell us?

Strachey has a story about a school tart on a train heading for Eton school. The boy entered the toilet. The boy was visited by all the boys in the carriage before they all got out at Eton.

Strachey's last affair was with a young chap who eventually became a top person at Secker & Warburg. "You were a perfect angel last night," wrote Strachey.

Strachey was at cambridge University with John Maynard Keynes. Strachey and Keynes both took an interest in young males. Strachey wrote: "Can you imagine the torture of… knowing for a fact that someone for whom one would be disembowelled is prostituted to Keynes?"

Strachey describes one boy: "eyelashes a foot long and a dream of a face."

Strachey liked boys. In his forties Strachey wrote suggestive letters to Dorelia John about her pre-teen stepsons.

In 1928, Strachey met Norman Douglas in Paris. Strachey wrote of Douglas: "One would like to surround him with every kind of comfort and adulation and innumerable boys of 14½."


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