Michael Davidson (journalist)

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Michael Davidson
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Davidson in 1972
Born1897 (1897)
Died1976 (aged 78–79)
Alma materLancing College

Michael Davidson (1897–1976) was a British journalist, memoirist, and an open pederast.

Life and work[edit]

Davidson was born into an upper-middle-class family in Guernsey on the Channel Islands in 1897. He was educated at Lancing, England.

Davidson joined the army in 1914. After being wounded in 1916, he became a newspaper reporter and a supporter of the Communist Party. He translated a number of anti-Nazi books. When he lived in Berlin in early to mid-1930s, he wrote newspaper articles about the full implications of Hitler's ideology, which he had seen up-close, but British newspapers were not interested in publishing the articles.[1] After being harassed by the SA for being British, a communist, and a homosexual, Davidson fled Germany. He spent the rest of his life serving as a foreign correspondent for The Observer, The News Chronicle, The New York Times and other newspapers.[2]

At age 26, Davidson met W. H. Auden, then 16, and they began a "poetic relationship".[3] Davidson mentored Auden and helped him getting published.

Davidson was open with his love for adolescent boys. His 1962 autobiography "The World, the Flesh and Myself" begins: "This is the life-history of a lover of boys." His follow-up memoir "Some Boys" (1970) focused entirely on the boys he had met around the world, while working as a foreign correspondent.


  1. ^ Davidson, Michael (1962), The World, the Flesh and Myself, p. 157
  2. ^ Aldrich, Robert (2002), Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History - from World War II to the present day, p. 104, ISBN 978-0-415-29161-3
  3. ^ Davidson, Michael (1962), The World, the Flesh and Myself, p. 126