Posts Tagged: David Leavitt

Literary Scandals of Yesteryear: David Leavitt and Stephen Spender

Literary scandals come for everyone, eventually. (Okay, not everyone: Toni Morrison, scot-free!) Or maybe just everyone named David. Let's turn the clock back to the delicious year 1994. In late 1993, David Leavitt published While England Sleeps, about, simply, two men, one who becomes a zealot, signs up with the International Brigade, and then regrets it; his lover comes to Spain to try to rescue him. One source he drew upon was a memoir, by Stephen Spender, who sued based on copyright as we also understand it in the U.S. but also on the British iteration of moral rights, which we would consider (quite) expansive. And this [...]