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Love’s Creation
A Novel by Marie Stopes, author of Married Love: A New Contribution to the Solution of Sex Difficulties

With a Contextual Essay by Deryn Rees-Jones

Deryn Rees-Jones has published three full-length collections of poetry and was named as one of the Poetry Society’s 20 Next Generation poets in 2004. Her work can be heard at the Poetry Archive. She is the author of Consorting with Angels, an examination of twentieth-century women’s poetry, and editor of the accompanying anthology Modern Women Poets. She has been the judge of numerous literary awards, including the Costa poetry prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize, and is a Fellow of the English Association. She teaches literature at the University of Liverpool.


“There is nothing that helps so much with the economic emancipation of woman as a knowledge of how to control her maternity.” Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes’ work in the area of sexual health and contraception has left a lasting legacy, and she is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century. Her Married Love: A New Contribution to the Solution of Sex Difficulties was first published in 1918, translated into thirteen languages and sold over a million copies. Stopes also ardently pursued her enthusiasm for literature throughout her life, writing novels, plays and poetry. Her novel Love’s Creation, published in 1928, the year women obtained the vote, is a working through of the debates which she addressed both in her personal and public life: sexual relations, the relationship between the arts and sciences, the quest for female sexual fulfillment.

Marie Stopes’ campaigning on behalf of a more open attitude to women’s sexuality, equality in marriage, and sexual health and contraception, and her opening of the first free birth control clinic in the British Empire in 1921, saw her at the centre of political controversy, not least in her battle with the Roman Catholic church. Love’s Creation, republished here for the first time since 1928, offers fascinating insights into early twentieth-century women’s writing, most notably Virginia Woolf’s theories of female creativity / fulfilled female sexuality which is not under threat from motherhood; female economic and psychic freedom; and the social milieu of the time. It is an engaging and fast moving narrative with lively, well-drawn and unconventional characters. The novel poses important questions about women’s choices and aspirations before, during and after marriage. Not surprisingly it also engages in still contemporary and vital debates about the relationship between the sciences and the arts, and theories of evolution.

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160 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Release Date:
June 2012
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