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Geoffrey Gorer (26 March 1905 – 24 May 1985) was an English anthropologist and author noted for his application of psychoanalytic techniques to anthropology and as author of The Revolutionary Ideas of the Marquis de Sade (1934).



He was educated at Charterhouse and at Jesus College, Cambridge. During the 1930s he wrote unpublished fiction and drama. His first book was The Revolutionary Ideas of the Marquis de Sade (1934, revised 1953, 1964). He then published an account of a journey in Africa, Africa Dances (1935, new edns. 1949, 1962), and another cultural study Bali and Angkor, or, Looking at Life and Death (1936). Hot Strip Tease and Other Notes on American Culture appeared in 1937 and Himalayan Village in 1938.

From 1939 he lived and worked in the United States. He wrote The Americans (1948), The People of Great Russia: A Psychological Study (1949, new edn. 1962), and worked with various official and semi-official organizations on studies in Soviet and other cultures. Modern types (1955) was his last book written in America.

From 1957 he again worked in England. Exploring English Character, based on a large survey he designed, appeared in 1955. Death, Grief, and Mourning in Contemporary Britain appeared in 1965. The Danger of Equality and other essays (1966) collected some recent papers. Sex and Marriage in England Today appeared in 1971.

Selected list of essays

See also

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Africa Dances, Burmese Days, Committee for National Morale, Courtship, Encounter (magazine), Féral Benga, George Orwell bibliography, George Orwell, Granta, Homage to Catalonia, Inside the Whale and Other Essays, List of Old Carthusians, Marquis de Sade, National character studies, Psychological anthropology, Ronald Searle, The Road to Wigan Pier, Toilet training, W. H. Auden bibliography, Western Attitudes Toward Death from the Middle Ages to the Present

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