The Dance of Life

Front Cover
Kessinger Publishing, Apr 1, 2005 - 392 pages
0 Reviews
1923. English essayist, psychologist, a pioneer in establishing a modern, scientific approach to the study of sex. Ellis's magnum opus was his seven-volume Studies in the Psychology of Sex. Throughout his life, Ellis sought to bring science and mysticism closer together. His major work in this vein, and also his best-selling book, was The Dance of Life, in which he promoted the constant development of the self through a variety of arts, including thinking, morals, and dance. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

Not so much a review as a quote from the work: "The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago, had they happened to be within reach of predatory human hands." Ellis is correct. Read full review

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

The son of a British ship's captain, Havelock Ellis spent much of his childhood in the Pacific. He became a teacher in New South Wales, then studied medicine in London, eventually devoting himself to research and writing in England. Ellis's works fall under many heads: science, art, travel, poetry, and essays. He has achieved distinction in many different fields. His most important work was Studies in the Psychology of Sex (1898), which, when first published in England, was the subject of legal battles as to its "obscenity." However, the book helped to change public attitudes toward sex and greatly contributed to the study of sexual problems. Ellis interpreted his data from a biological rather than a clinical viewpoint. Sigmund Freud, who drew from his material, regarded Ellis's conclusions as "happy anticipations of our own deductions." Ellis's most popular philosophical work is The Dance of Life (1923), a survey of modern civilization giving the author's own outlook on life. Many of his earlier books are out of print.

Bibliographic information