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It wasn't easy to be a pioneering sexual investigator born in the hey-day of Victorian Britain, particularly not if you were married to a lesbian, and if your own sexual interests focused on "urolagnia" (look it up). But Havelock Ellis was nothing if not resourceful, and he managed to have a full, productive, and generally satisfying life. Grosskurth isn't a particularly good writer; this biography isn't graceful, and probably contains too much information for most readers. But it gets the job done, and leaves you appreciative of the courage and obstinacy of Ellis, who didn't mind going against the mainstream of British society and culture of his time.