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Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger$
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Malcolm Gillies, David Pear, and Mark Carroll

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305371.001.0001

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Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger

Malcolm Gillies

David Pear

Mark Carroll

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how Grainger met his wife, Ella Ström, aboard the ship “Aorangi,” and his pleasure at how closely she fitted the racial ideal he had desired for a wife. Racial writers H.S. Chamberlain, Lothrop Stoaddard and Madison Grant were strong influences on him at this time. The development of their sexual relationship is described, particularly during a visit to Ström's small house in Pevensey, England, the events of which are described in detail. Ström's artistic strengths are given, particularly her linguistic and poetic skills. The chapter culminates with one of Grainger's documents in which he describes and defends his indulgence in sado-masochism, indicating that should anyone find he and his wife dead after such activities, they can be assured that they had died doing what they enjoyed most.

Keywords:   Ella Ström, H.S. Chamberlain, Lothrop Stoaddard, Madison Grant, Pevensey, sado-masochism

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