Sadism: Michael Arlen, ‘Hell! Said the Duchess’ (1934)

Why would Irish censors object to a satire of the English upper-classes? They probably wouldn’t but Arlen wrote something far creepier. With Dr Laura Ludtke.

  • He's merciless on the role of sport in creating Englishman. Aoife Bhreatnach
  • I have to admit, the introduction of Mosley as the Minister of War in a fascist conservative coalition government led by Winston Churchill did throw me for a bit. Laura Ludtke
  • To use the narrator's own terms, there is something damn queer about the case. Laura Ludtke
  • These are powerful mammaries. Aoife Bhreatnach


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