The Havelock Family
Henry Havelock Ellis, the son of a sea captain, was born in Croydon in 1859. He travelled widely in Australia and South America before studying medicine at St. Thomas's Hospital in London.
In 1883 Ellis joined a socialist debating group established by Edith Nesbit and Hubert Bland. In January, 1884, the group became known as the Fabian Society.
At these meetings Ellis met several people who were to have a dramatic influence on British culture. This included Annie Besant, Graham Wallas, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Carpenter, Walter Crane, H. G. Wells, Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb.
Havelock Ellis, like several members of the Fabian Society, was a supporter of sexual liberation. His interests in human biology and his own personal experiences, led Havelock Ellis to write his six volume Studies in the Psychology of Sex. The books, published between 1897 and 1910 caused tremendous controversy and were banned for several years.
Other books written by Havelock Ellis included The New Spirit (1890), Man and Woman (1894) Sexual Inversion (1897) and The Erotic Rights of Women (1918). Henry Havelock Ellis died in 1939. His autobiography, My Life was published posthumously in 1940.
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