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Havelock Ellis Letter

A description of his letter at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 29 Mar 2010

Biographical History

Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) was a British sexologist and social reformer, most famous for his multi-volume Studies in the Psychology of Sex. His frank and nonjudgmental discussions of sexual desire and practice shocked late Victorian audiences.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Havelock Ellis Letter was sent by Ellis in 14 Nov 1903 from Lelant, Cornwall to "W. Stead," possibly the British journalist William Thomas Stead. In the letter, Ellis discusses dreams and consciousness, mentioning that "I hope some day to publish a little book about dreaming, I think it gives the key to many abnormal phenomena." Eight years later he would do so, with the publication of his work, The World of Dreams.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds further Havelock Ellis correspondence in the Llewelyn Powys Letters.

Subject Headings


Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939.
Stead, W. T. (William Thomas), 1849-1912.


Lelant (England) -- History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Havelock Ellis Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1966.

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