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This is the first English translation of the eccentric Baron Fersen’s decadent gay novel Lord Lillian. Published originally in 1905, this is perhaps his most important work, satirizing the scandal around himself in Paris, with touches of the Oscar Wilde affair thrown in for good measure. It is filled with outrageous descriptions of fin de siècle excesses, including Fersen’ ...more
Hardcover, 1st English Edition, 187 pages
Published October 30th 2005 by Elysium Press/Asphodel Editions (first published 1905)
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An enjoyable book in the "decadent" style of Wilde and Huysmans, this is the semi-autobiographical story of a narcissistic pleasure-seeking gay teenager and young man in Europe in the first decade of the 1900s. The central crisis is Lord Lyllian's struggle with his sexuality causing ultimately tragic consequences from his rejection of others - although told with considerable irony and criticism of society. I had previously read Roger Peyrefitte's fictional biography of Fersen, Exile of Capri, wh ...more
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Baron Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen (20 February 1880 – 5 November 1923) was a French novelist and poet. His life forms the basis of a fictionalised biography by Roger Peyrefitte.

In 1903 a scandal involving school pupils made him persona non grata in the salons of Paris, and dashed his marriage plans; after which he took up residence in Capri with his long-time lover, Nino Cesarini. He became a "char
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