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  1. Symonds, John Addington Symonds(noun)

    English writer (1840-1893)

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  1. John Addington Symonds

    John Addington Symonds was an English poet and literary critic. Although he married and had a family, he was an early advocate of male love, which he believed could include pederastic as well as egalitarian relationships. He referred to it as l'amour de l'impossible. A cultural historian, he was known for his work on the Renaissance, as well as numerous biographies about writers and artists. He also wrote much poetry inspired by his homosexual affairs.

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