A Final Chord

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI:
A Final Chord

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Arrested for alleged pedophilia with Balinese “boys,” Walter Spies began serving prison time. This chapter analyzes his letters from jail, his trial, and the media sensationalism that sought to limit homosexuality and inter-racial desires. Excerpts include letters Spies wrote to his friend, anthropologist Jane Belo; explanations from Margaret Mead and her husband Gregory Bateson about Spies' homosexuality; and new English translations of notes Spies was writing to his family in Germany. The final section of the chapter analyzes the evolution of Spies' ideas about nature, manhood, and paradise, as expressed in paintings he completed while in prison.

Keywords: Walter Spies; Jane Belo; Henri Zentgraff; prison; inter-racial desires

Chapter.  8273 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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