Turning Points. The Memoirs of Lord Wolfenden
Turning Points. The Memoirs of Lord Wolfenden

WOLFENDEN, John Frederick [Jack], Lord. Turning Points. The Memoirs of Lord Wolfenden.

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WOLFENDEN, John Frederick [Jack], Lord. Turning Points. The Memoirs of Lord Wolfenden. London, The Bodley Head, [1976].

Original blue boards, spine lettered in gilt, in the original un-clipped wrappers; pp. 184, [2], plates after photographs; apart from light spotting to wrappers, a very good copy.
First edition, presentation copy inscribed ('in old Savilian bonds') and signed by the author in 1976 on front fly leaf. The Wolfenden Report, based on a commission chaired by Jack Wolfenden marks one of the turning points in British attitudes towards homosexuality. 'The Wolfenden report, as it universally became known, was published amid considerable controversy. Its recommendations concerning prostitution were hurried into law, but it took some ten years before the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 put into law a modified version of the recommendations on homosexuality. Wolfenden himself took little public part in the various campaigns for homosexual law reform, but it is striking that the philosophical underpinnings of his report, making a clear distinction between public order and private morality, continued to shape debates around moral issues for the succeeding decades' (ODNB).

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