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AN APPEAL TO AUTHORS. Rev. the Hon. Edward Lyttelton, Headmaster of Eton, complains most bitterly in "The Times" of some of the literature of the day that is read by schoolboys. "Those," he says,'"who lare working and hoping, however feebly, to encompass . the lives of our boys and. girls with wholesome atmosphere must know that in regard to sexuality two facts stand out. Firstly, that in proportion as the adolescent mind grows absorbed in sex questions' wreckage "of live ensues. Secondly, that sanity and upright manliness are ' destroyed, not only by reading the obscene stuff, but by a premature in-1 l terest in sex matters, however it be [excited- for the vital question for each youngster is whether or not the trUe! perspective of things-is being disturb- ! Ed what he sees, hears, or- reads. j j "Those, therefore, who in responsible positions are trying to do their duty by the country are not concerned with the j . dispute whether the sex novel is artistic I 'or not. They know that the more attractively it is written, the more harm it will do* and they may be paridoned for thinking that, as between the: two parties, the librarians have the better right to the honourable title of * sincere.' Anyhow, they have sacrificed their profits to what they conceive to bo their duty to their fellow men. Have these writers done any such thing? Meantime, as to the mischief done, I doubt if it is to be j stayed by public action. Much as we j admire the effort of the librarians, what has been the result? My bookseller tells me that 'directly a book is censored orders for it pour in, many of , them from schoolboys. . j '' Are we as a community to rest content with this state of things? i "Possibly persuasion may do some- | thing, and the appeal I venture to make is to any - sincere' artist who ' may be contemplating a risky book and yet does not rate pelf above right | action. I suggest that he sits down I first "and recalls the echo of words i littered long ago— * That our sons may i grow up as young plants, and that our j daughters may be as the polished I corners of the temple,' and, having i pondered their meaning, he should go 1 on to ask himself if he would feel quite easy at; the sight of his own son, of 16 years, poring over one of the tabooed volumes. If he would honestly answer in-the affirmative, there is nothing more to be said; but if he hesitates, I would remind him that, as a writer, he is responsible, not for his own son, but for the vast multitude of young folk scattered throughout the English-speak-ing world." "•

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THE SEX NOVEL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914

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THE SEX NOVEL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8795, 16 February 1914