Tony Duvert

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Tony Duvert (1945-2008), born in Villeneuve-le-Roi, was a French author and boylover famous for his novels and essays portraying and advocating the relationships between men and boys.

Between the years 1967 and 1989, Duvert published fifteen novels and collections of short fiction in France. His work is often compared to Jean Genet but Duvert usually escaped easy comparisons.

In his works Duvert was very outspoken and radical especially when arguing against the nuclear family where children are considered the property of their parents and for the right of children to sexual liberation.

His positions are best presented in Le bon sexe illustré (1974) and L'enfant au masculin (1980). Notable novels include Quand mourut Jonathan (1978, translated as When Jonathan died), Paysage de Fantaisie (1973, awarded Prix Médicis) and L'île atlantique (1979, adapted for television in 2005). He also recorded his experiences with boys in French north Africa in the autobiographical Journal d'un innocent (1976).

Duvert's works have been primarily published (in France) in small paperbacks by Éditions de Minuit. He also wrote for the French homophile publications Gai Pied and Masques. The attack on his work since the 1980s probably contributed to his mysterious disappearance from the literary scene at the beginning of the 1990s.

His body was found 20 August 2008 in Thoré-la-Rochette.

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