Browsing All Posts filed under »20th Century«

Sophia Parnok

December 6, 2010


Russia's great lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok's last poems from the early 1930s were inspired by her final love affair with physicist Nina Vedeneyeva.

Maud Allan

November 30, 2010


Known as the Salome Dancer, Maud Allan's dancing career was ruined by a libel suit. She ended up settling down with her lover, Verna Aldwich, and teaching dance to children.

Bill Tilden

November 17, 2010


Bill Tilden turned tennis from a sissy sport into a game for athletes. Ironically, he was later ostracized for being a sissy himself, though he has always been considered one of the greats of tennis.

Duncan Grant

November 11, 2010


The complicated Duncan Grant-David Garnett-Vanessa Bell relationship took a truly peculiar twist when Angelica Bell, daughter of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, married David Garnett, who had been the lover of her father not long before her birth.

IM Interview with Andrew Patner

November 7, 2010


Chicago Sun-Times and WFMT radio classical music critic Andrew Patner talks about singing in children's choirs and the importance of seeing the famous double portrait of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears when he was 12.


November 5, 2010


One of the few friends of Czar Nicholas II, poet, playwright and family man Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich was also a secret bisexual with a long history of sexual encounters according to his posthumously published diaries.

Les Amitiés Particulières

November 4, 2010


French author Roger Peyrefitte's 1943 novel Les Amitiés Particulières recounts the thwarted romance between two school boys in a Catholic school between the wars.