Kosaka Masanobu was not only a general in the army of Japanese warlord Takeda Shingen, but his lover. The feeling was mutual and they soon started a relationship which lasted for 14 years, right until Merlo died from lung cancer in Gertrude Stein met Alice B. While there, Sackville-West dressed as a man when they went out together. In a letter to Ruth from April 9, she reflects on those dynamics and gasps at the relief of choosing to break free of those constraints and being once again free to love fully:. It is for you, however, to consider whether or not that letter is an indication of unclean sentiments and unclean appetites on both sides.
Here is one from Virginia to Vita from January ofshortly after the two had fallen madly in love:
In a letter from Decembershe wrote: He is really a treasure, my dear. Nevertheless, they continued their relationship, spending most of their time together traveling around Europe until finally settling down in a villa Maugham bought on the French Riviera. Share Article Tweet.
Thome's letters, however, illustrate homoerotic desire, of which he may or may not have been fully aware.