Utterly Immoral
28 Mar

Simon Keable-Elliott - Utterly Immoral. Robert Keable and his scandalous novel.

When Robert Keable’s First World War novel Simon Called Peter was published, critics called it ‘offensive’, ‘a libel’ and reeking of ‘drink and lust’. Scott Fitzgerald suggested it was ‘utterly immoral’ and referenced it in The Great Gatsby. The novel became a huge international best-seller, a Broadway play and the sequel made into a Hollywood movie. And it made its author an international celebrity. What critics did not know was that the novel, about a military chaplain and a young woman having an affair during the war, was autobiographical.

Berkshire Sports and Social Club, Sonning Lane, Reading, RG4 6ST
28 Mar 2024 20:00