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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. He referred to it as l'amour de l'impossible (love of the 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. In Switzerland, he met Janet Catherine North (sister of botanical artist Marianne North, 1830–1890). They married at Hastings on Nov. 10, 1864. They settled in London and had four daughters: Janet (born 1865), Charlotte (born 1867), Margaret (born 1869) and Katharine (born 1875). (She was later honored for her writing as Dame Katharine Furse.) While in Clifton in 1868, Symonds met and fell in love with Norman Moor, a youth about to go up to Oxford, who became his pupil. Symonds and Moor had a four-year affair but did not have sex. According to Symonds' diary of Jan. 28, 1870, "I stripped him naked and fed sight, touch and mouth on these things." The relationship occupied a good part of his time. (On one occasion, he left his family and travelled to Italy and Switzerland with Moor.) It also inspired his most productive period of writing poetry, published in 1880 as New and Old: A Volume of Verse.
Together from 1868 to 1872: 4 years.
John Addington Symonds (October 5, 1840 – April 19, 1893)
Edward Norman Peter Moor (January 10, 1851 – March 6, 1895)



Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
ISBN-10: 1500563323
Release Date: September 21, 2014
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