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Nero and Sporus, a play
[Dijon: M. Darantière] (1924). 179pp - [Dijon: M. Darantière] (1924). 179pp. Although unknown, the author of this play was very familiar with both scholastic and literary interpretations of Nero and of the role homosexuals have played throughout history. In the introduction, he argues that Nero has been unfairly maligned throughout history, starting with Suetonius and abetted by legions of Christian bigots. Although ostensibly an interpretation of the relationship between Nero and Sporus, it is also a hymn to sexual freedom and love. An elusive title, printed by Maurice Darantiere, who printed a number of well produced and unconventional texts in the 1920s, including Joyce's Ulysees. (See Ford, Published in Paris). A good copy in original wrappers, spine a bit sunned, worn and repaired, with light loss at base. Laid into the book is a curious letter from a bookseller in Vienna, dated 1925, in which he offers the book and states " since it is likely to be very strongly judged by most people in England, so narrowminded (sic) on sex matters, we think you will read the book with an other point of view." Young 2845*. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Elysium Books]
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