Lucas Malet: The History of Richard Calmady (149 words)

  • Talia Schaffer (Queens College, CUNY )

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The History of Sir Richard Calmady (1901), among the most famous and controversial novels of the turn of the century, was written by Lucas Malet (Mary St Leger Kingsley Harrison). The novel includes sexually explicit material made possible only by Malet's strategic use of a highly wrought aesthetic discourse. It traces the psychological development of a disabled man as he moves from profound self-hatred towards slow acceptance. Sir Richard Calmady is also remarkable for its female characters, including Richard's cousin, Helen de Vallorbes. Helen is a manipulative, narcissistic, and sexually voracious female dandy. After his affair with Helen, Richard reforms and ultimately marries another cousin, Honoria St. Quentin. …

Schaffer, Talia. "The History of Richard Calmady". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
[, accessed 26 October 2016.]

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  1. Victorian Women's Writing