They were highly philoprogenitive
and clustered in great family groups, living nearby and thus often intermarrying.
"Was Not Was Not Who Since Philoprogenitive
." Kartiganer and Abadie, Faulkner at 100, pp.
"A situation has arisen," he wrote, "which threatens to destroy all the Christian usefulness of Southern Methodist University" and "make it a center for the propaganda of obscenity and degeneracy." In private explanations of his vendetta, Beaty condemned the book's "homosexual implications" and was particularly disturbed by Faulkner's use of the word "philoprogenitive
," an archaic term from the literature of phrenology, meaning "love of offspring" or "prolific."
In 1957, a questionnaire was sent to people selected at random from the magazine's subscription list to profile "a typical Jubilee reader." The facts and figures gathered offered a calculated profile of "a typical Jubilee reader," "What this adds up to is an urban, well-educated, active, philoprogenitive
individual who earns enough money to support his family and own a home and a car, who has an interest in world affairs and in his own Church, who reads more than the average person" (ibid.).
The novel suggests that Joe, too, though a Christian, feels the pull of this philoprogenitive
Britain, at almost 1.7 children per woman, is positively philoprogenitive
by European standards.