decolonizequeer: Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen (1880-1923) was a…


Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen (1880-1923) was a French poet and novelist who was convicted in Paris for “inciting youth to commit debauchery”. Fersen (above) then fled from France to the Island of Capri, Italy and built a villa there, “dedicated to the youth of love”. The Island of Capri had also attracted other homosexual and bisexual men, such as Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas.  This villa was called “Villa Lysis”, where he lived with his lover Nino Cesarini (below). The two edited a literary magazine which was meant to be a subtle defense of homosexual love, called “Akademos”. 

Portrait of Nino Cesarini by Paul Hocker, 1904. 

An account of their relationship was written by Roger Peyrefitte, 1959.