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Episode 309: Winter of Wayback, 1921!

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This week, we’re continuing our exploration of the 1920s with Robert Keable’s Simon Called Peter, a mostly-forgotten novel about an Anglican priest who goes off to war and falls in love with a lady who isn’t his fiancee. He also has a crisis of faith, both because of the “having sex with someone who isn’t his fiancee” thing, and also the thing where the British troops don’t seem to take religion all that seriously. Apparently the book was quite scandalous in its time, getting banned in some places, showing up in a murder trial, and even meriting a dismissive mention in The Great Gatsby.

Will Keable’s book stand the test of time? Or will its moral conundrums seem kind of laughably quaint to a couple 21st-century readers? Also: we explore the practice of grafting skin from monkey testicles onto humans, which was apparently all the rage in the 1920s.

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One thought on “Episode 309: Winter of Wayback, 1921!

  1. Loved your discussion on Simon Called Peter. The author Robert Keable was my grandfather and I have written a biography of his life and the story of the publication of Simon Called Peter and set up a website. As you point out it is a flawed novel and of its time but sincerely written.

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