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The Sex-Crazed Poet Strongman Who (Quickly) Built A kingdom

Gabriele d’Annunzio pioneered the politics of this spectacle.

The young poet Gabriele d’Annunzio. Credit Credit Henri Le Lieure/Alinari, via Getty Images

By Tara Isabella Burton

Dr. Burton is a adding editor at The United states Interest and a columnist at Religion Information provider.

One hundred years back this autumn, a high profile showman became a strongman. The womanizing, profligate Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, that has turn into a hero of World War I by airdropping his or her own propagandistic poetry over Vienna, marched in to the Hapsburg town of Fiume (now Rijeka in Croatia) and declared himself its leader.

Fiume’s postwar status had held it’s place in dispute for months. Continue reading

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