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Chevalier de Lorraine

December 3, 2010

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The life-long lover of Louis XIV's brother, the openly homosexual Monsieur, the Chevalier de Lorraine had a powerful hold over his lover.

Les Amitiés Particulières

November 4, 2010

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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.

Serge Sudeikin

October 11, 2010

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Artist and set designer for the Ballet Russes and the Metropolitan Opera, Serge Sudeikin lived with his wife Olga Glebova and poet Mikhail Kuzmin for a time, until Glebova kicked Kuzmin out for having an affair with her husband.

Dolly Wilde

October 9, 2010

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Oscar Wilde's much-less-famous niece, Dolly Wilde, was reputed to be a brilliant wit in her own right. She was also a nearly exclusive practitioner of the love that dare not speak its name, carrying on a long affair with Natalie Barney.

Wanda Landowska

October 8, 2010

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Wanda Landowska is credited with nearly single-handedly reviving the harpsichord. Her student and long-time companion Denise Restout edited and translated her writings after Landowska died.

Rolf de Maré

October 5, 2010

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Rolf de Maré established and ran the Ballets Suédois in Paris from 1920-25 for his lover, choreographer and principal dancer Jean Börlin. Debussy, Satie, Honegger, Milhaud, Albéniz, Léger, Picabia, de Chirico, Bonnard all worked with the ballet.

Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

October 5, 2010

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The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, by one half of the 20th century's most famous lesbian couple, is famous for its recipe for hashish fudge. But it should be famous for its elegant writing and portrait of a social life that included Picasso and Hemingway.