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UnspeakableA Life beyond Sexual Morality$
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Rachel Hope Cleves

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226733531

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226733678.001.0001

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The Pederastic Congress

The Pederastic Congress

(p.155) Chapter Eleven The Pederastic Congress

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

By 1921, Norman Douglas had settled in Florence, where he lived for the next seventeen years. Florence had a large Anglo colony, but Douglas was more drawn to the city for its toleration of pederasty. Florence had been associated with a culture of intergenerational sex between men and boys since the fifteenth century. Many queer expatriates, British and German in particular, lived in the city during the interwar years, including Ronald Firbank, Harold Acton and Reggie Turner. Douglas's closest friend in Florence was an Italian rare bookseller and publisher named Giuseppe "Pino" Orioli. Orioli had lived in London before World War I, and was a former lover of Irving Davis, a member of the Bloomsbury circle. Orioli shared Douglas's predilection for boys, although he preferred older adolescents. During his years in Florence, Douglas engaged in many affairs with the city's boys. The most lasting was with a young man named Emilio Papa who was orphaned in his teens and became a sort of foster son to Douglas.

Keywords:   Florence, Italy, pederasty, Norman Douglas, Pino Orioli, queer, expatriates, Emilio Papa

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