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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

are less easy to reach than the theologians' answers generally were, but 

we can at least put ourselves in the right attitude; we may succeed in 

asking that question which is sometimes even more than the half of 

knowledge. 

 

It is perhaps a mistake to show so plainly at the outset that I approach 

what may seem only a psychological question not without moral fervour. But 

I do not wish any mistake to be made. I regard sex as the central problem 

of life. And now that the problem of religion has practically been 

settled, and that the problem of labor has at least been placed on a 

practical foundation, the question of sex--with the racial questions that 

rest on it--stands before the coming generations as the chief problem for 

solution. Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to 

reverence life until we know how to understand sex.--So, at least, it 

seems to me. 

 

Having said so much, I will try to present such results as I have to 

record in that cold and dry light through which alone the goal of 

knowledge may truly be seen. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

July, 1897. 

 

 

 

 

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION. 

 

 

The first edition of this volume was published in 1899, following "Sexual 

Inversion," which now forms Volume II. The second edition, issued by the 

present publishers and substantially identical with the first edition, 

appeared in the following year. Ten years have elapsed since then and this 

new edition will be found to reflect the course of that long interval. Not 

only is the volume greatly enlarged, but nearly every page has been partly 

rewritten. This is mainly due to three causes: Much new literature 

required to be taken into account; my own knowledge of the historical and 

ethnographic aspects of the sexual impulse has increased; many fresh 

illustrative cases of a valuable and instructive character have 

accumulated in my hands. It is to these three sources of improvement that 

the book owes its greatly revised and enlarged condition, and not to the 

need for modifying any of its essential conclusions. These, far from 

undergoing any change, have by the new material been greatly strengthened. 

 

It may be added that the General Preface to the whole work, which was 

originally published in 1898 at the beginning of "Sexual Inversion," now 

finds its proper place at the outset of the present volume. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

Carbis Bay, 

 

Cornwall, Eng. 

 

 

 

 

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION. 

 

 

The present volume contains three studies which seem to me to be necessary 

_prolegomena_ to that analysis of the sexual instinct which must form the 

chief part of an investigation into the psychology of sex. The first 

sketches the main outlines of a complex emotional state which is of 

fundamental importance in sexual psychology; the second, by bringing 

together evidence from widely different regions, suggests a tentative 

explanation of facts that are still imperfectly known; the third attempts 

to show that even in fields where we assume our knowledge to be adequate a 

broader view of the phenomena teaches us to suspend judgment and to adopt 

a more cautious attitude. So far as they go, these studies are complete in 

themselves; their special use, as an introduction to a more comprehensive 

analysis of sexual phenomena, is that they bring before us, under varying 

aspects, a characteristic which, though often ignored, is of the first 

importance in obtaining a clear understanding of the facts: the tendency 


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