The success of my revised edition of Mr Crawley's The Mystic Rose has encouraged me to bring together in the present volume some of his papers previously unpublished in book-form, on subjects akin to those of his great work.

Mr Crawley's treatment of these problems of sexual anthropology, especially on the psychological side, was, in the years in which he was most actively at work, too uncompromisingly original to meet with general acceptation, even in academic circles. But now his standpoint, which can perhaps be best described as being that of a profound psychological analysis on the basis of biological common-sense, is beginning to be appreciated. And the following papers will be found, I think, to contain all those qualities which so sharply differentiate Mr Crawley's work from that of most other students in the same fields.

chapter 1|75 pages

Chastity and Sexual Morality

chapter 2|24 pages

Sketch of the Forms of Love

chapter 3|12 pages

A Note on Obscenity and the Orgy

chapter 4|24 pages

The Nature and History of the Kiss

chapter 5|13 pages

Birthdays and the Day of Birth

chapter 6|10 pages


chapter 7|26 pages

Life and Death

chapter 8|32 pages

The Practice and Psychology of Anointing

chapter 9|64 pages

The Oath, the Curse and the Blessing