Ackerley, Joseph Randolph ___ 1896-1967 ___ British ___ editor

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Ackerley first acknowledged his homosexuality while interned as a prisoner of war in 1917. Although his writing dealt openly with sexual themes from as early as 1925, this does not seem to have hindered his appointment as editor, in 1935, of the BBC publication 'The Listener', a position he held until 1959. He championed other homosexual writers such as Auden and Isherwood. At the age of 33, he discovered that his recently deceased father had led a double life, supporting another household with several children. 'My Father and Myself', published posthumously, is consider his best book. Diary extracts were put together and published under the title 'My Sister and Myself'; but he also wrote 'Hindoo Holiday', ostensibly a novel, but which is, in fact, a journal of his months in India while private secretary to a maharajah.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
n/a___ family self love/sex self India

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My Sister and Myself; The Diaries of J. R. Ackerley
Hindoo Holiday
 

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