"he had aroused three irreconcilable feuds in Capri"

Capri is an island off the coast of Italy in the Gulf of Naples.

 

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Isle of Capri
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From the early nineteenth century onward, Capri became a popular haunt for poets, writers and artists, as well as other affluent and well-known visitors.

During the early years of the twentieth century, the Russian author Maxim Gorky spent some time there, as did Norman Douglas, the author of the novel South Wind. In fact, the island setting in that novel is a lightly fictionalised version of Capri.

In the early part of the 20th Century, Capri had an unusually tolerant attitude to homosexuality and was popular amongst gay men and women, an aspect of island life satirised by the novelist Compton Mackenzie in two novels: Vestal Fire (1927) and Extraordinary Women (1928).

In the 1950s, Capri became even more fashionable as a celebrity retreat, and it remains popular today.

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