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Briant, Keith (Marie Stopes' copy)
Oxford Limited
London Michael Joseph Ltd 1937. Second impression. Inscribed by the author to the half-title page: "For Marie of Norbury Keith Briant May 20th. 1940.". The recipient being the famous and controversial scientist, sexologist and birth control campaigner, Marie Carmichael Stopes. Stopes' bookplate is to the front pastedown and she has annotated the book in pencil, often to the passages relating to the sexual behaviour of undergraduates, also to the chapter entitled "The Women's Colleges", and usually in an entertainingly dismissive fashion. For instance, in the chapter titled "Sex", next to the passage: "If a prostitute arrives by one train she is lucky if she does not leave by the next. This does not mean that there are not a number of young women who are prepared to supplement their twenty-five shillings a week, if the opportunity presents itself, and the undergraduate is fairly presentable." Stopes has simply written "dear dear!". Briant was Stopes' first posthumous biographer and an important figure during the last 20 years of her life, both intellectually and possibly also sexually, her second husband having declared in writing in mid-1938 that he "wanted no more sex union and [ ] should not object if [Stopes] decided to have a lover to replace [his] deficiency.", the younger Briant (24 when this book was published) may well have been the first replacement. This is his first book and, as he notes in his 1962 biography of Stopes, the cause of their meeting: "I met her first in the thirties as a result of a book I wrote about Oxford which attracted her attention. [ ] I was … [Click Below for Full Description]
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