Edward Charles

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Edward Charles Edmond Hempstead
Born 1898
Anacapri, Capri, Italy
Pen name Edward Charles
Occupation Author, Educator
Nationality British
Genre Autobiography, Socialist
Notable works The Sexual Impulse, Indian Patchwork

Edward Charles Edmond Hemsted (born Anacapri, Isola de Capri, 1898), better known by the pen name Edward Charles, was an English author, educator, social advocate and sexologist.

His most famous writings are The Sexual Impulse, Mens Gods, Those Thoughtful People, Sand & the Blue Moss, Apple Pie Bed, Indian Patchwork (with "Mary Charles", a pseudonym for his wife, Dorothy Mary Chance), Portrait of the Artist's Children and Idle Hands.


He was educated at Lancing College, St John's College, University of Oxford (where he took a double first) and Louvain University. During the early 1920s, he was a Professor of English in Japan (where he tutored the sons of the Emperor of Japan), then a Professor at the University of Peking. He sailed to Singapore on a tramp steamer, and worked as a barman at the "Long Bar" of the Raffles Hotel, before returning to Oxford. He later moved to India and served as principal of a Moslem-Hindu school in central India from 1927–1928. He also taught in the US. In 1935, he was involved in a major trial involving the publication of his work, The Sexual Impulse.

He was a major proponent of sexology, and in particular the promotion of contraception.



  • *Charles, Edward and Mary Charles. Indian patchwork London : Heinemann, 1933.
  • Who was who among English and European authors, 1931-1949... Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1978.

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