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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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Footnote on Capri

Footnote on Capri

(p.243) Chapter Eighteen Footnote on Capri

Rachel Hope Cleves

University of Chicago Press

Norman Douglas returned to Italy "to die" in June 1946. In October he moved to Capri, where he hoped to live for his remaining years. He brought with him a traumatized nine year old Neapolitan named Ettore Masciandaro. Douglas and Masciandaro moved into a downstairs suite in the Villa Tuoro, owned by his friend Bryher's ex-husband Kenneth Macpherson and his lover, the Welsh photographer Islay Lyons. Concerned about Richard Aldington's biography in progress, Douglas agreed to work with his kinsman Constantine FitzGibbon on an authorized biography. However, FitzGibbon floundered, unable to find a way to write about the issue of Douglas's pederasty. His sexual relations with boys had been central to his life, and FitzGibbon could neither erase this history nor incorporate it into an admiring account. FitzGibbon ultimately gave up the project, as did a string of would-be biographers who followed. Meanwhile, Douglas's mental health declined, and his relationship with the emotionally disturbed Masciandaro grew more tumultuous.

Keywords:   Capri, Norman Douglas, Italy, Ettore Masciandaro, Kenneth Macpherson, pederasty, biography, Constantine FitzGibbon, Richard Aldington

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