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MAUGHAM ON THE MAUGHAMS
MAUGHAM ON THE MAUGHAMS
"Overshadowed, queer, alcoholic,
I should have been a complete
failure. To this day I am still
surprised when the critical or
financial success of one of my
novels, or plays, or films in
various countries would seem to
suggest that I am a success. But
I am not a success in my own
eyes for reasons which this book
will certainly reveal."
The book is Escape From The
Shadows - - An Autobiography -
(McGraw-Hill, $8.95). Its frank,
outspoken, bitter and immensely
talented author: Robin Maugham.
The shadows in the title: that of
his father, Lord Chancellor of
England, and the shadow of his
uncle, Somerset Maugham.
"My story is of a lonely child,"
writes the brilliant author of The
Servant, The Second Window, and
other memorable works. "It deals
with an adolescent who was more
attracted towards his own sex than
towards girls, yet who was so
imbued by the strict upper-middle-
class conventions in which he lived
that he was stricken with guilt by
his homosexual desires and tried to
make himself normal -- and at
The war years made Maugham
realize that he was predominantly
homosexual, he further reveals,
and "the guilt of that realization
turned me to drink .... My
life has been a struggle to cope
with my homosexual passions, a
struggle to deal with my desire
to drink myself into oblivion."
It has also been, of course,
much more: the Cambridge student, the Libyan Desert tank bat-,
tie hero who was mentioned in
dispatches for gallantry under fire,
the writer who abandoned the Bar
to devote himself to literature also
emerge from these pages.
Dallas Girls Form D.O.B.
The oldest Lesbian organization
Nationwide has come to Dallas
with the formation of a local chapter this year. The Daughters Of
Bilitis meets the multi-facedneeds
of Lesbians through rapsessions,
united front action, counseling,
social opportunities, a library, etc.
The need for such an organization is very apparent by the response evidenced at the first
meetings. Outreach and activities
will develop as the women involved express their needs and then
work together to meet them.
Although a Lesbian organization
by definition, the Dallas' chapter
has established an open door policy
for any woman defining herself as
such regardless of sexual orientation. The group is presently
operating under a loosely structured format which allows all women
to participate and share leadership roles.
Members presently meet twice a
month on first and third Fridays.
First Friday meetings are defined
more as action sessions where
various projects and business are
discussed and worked upon. These
meetings are held at 8 p.m. in the
MCC Community Center at 3834
Ross. The third Fridays are given
over to various consciousness-
raising and rap sessions,
speakers, exchanges with other
groups, etc. and the meetings are
held at 2001 Bryan, Bryan Towers,
Suite 290, 8 p.m. Women attending
these sessions may park free
across from the Federal Street
entrance (the only one unlocked at
night) and sign in under any name
they wish to use at the guard
station, indicating that they are
going to the Women For Change
(WFC - a straight women's lib
Contrary to the misconceptions
of many, Dallas DOB is not anti-
male. The concern is to meet the
needs of women in a free atmosphere and where inequities are
existent to bring these to light and
dispel them where possible. For
further information call (214)824-
0770 or write Bx 5944, Dallas.
Teen Friend Is
(Dallas Morning News Feb. 26,
Jean Adams' Teen Forum)
FEAR OF DEVIATION: Q. I am
17 and have never felt anything for
a girl. I kissed one, but felt
nothing. But I have felt something
for one of my best friends, who
is a boy. Every time I am near
him I get this wonderful feeling.
When I don't see him I am sad.
But I have not had any physical
contact with him. I told one of my
other friends about him and he
said I might be half boy and half
girl. When I was little I loved
dolls. I still love stuffed animals.
I have two. Please help me. I
can't afford a psychiatrist, so
please don't recommend one. --
Mixed Up in Mississippi.
A. Ignore what your other friend
told you. He has no qualifications
for judging or advising you. It
is not unusual for a boy to think
highly of a male friend and to
miss him when he is absent. Love
is a beautiful thing and it is possible for boys or men to love each
other in ways that have nothing to
do with sex. Also many teen-age
boys like stuffed animals--some
even collect them. You will
probably find a girl later who
will appeal to you. Don't consider
yourself a homosexual until and
unless you have more evidence.
Why not have an intimate conversation with your school
counselor or minister? Either, if
you seem to need help and really
cannot afford it, can refer you to
come community agency for counseling.
Sex Reform Argued
Bonn, Germany -- West German
lawmakers are debating a package
of legal reforms that would liberalize outdated sex laws but crack
down on television violence to protect minors.
Provisions of the bill include
lowering the permissible age limit
for homosexual acts between consenting males from 21 to 18, permitting the now restricted sale of
pornography and lifting an outright
ban on such activities as wife-
The amendment would still permit prosecution of pimps and
Another provision would permit
pornography to be published and
sold to anyone over 18, with the
exception of films and literature
with sadism, bestiality and child
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