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The brief transit and violent eclipse of Harry Crosby

December 10th, 1929
A New York Studio Apartment at the Hotel des Artistes.  A beautiful young man apparently shoots and kills his 22-year-old lover,  despite seeming very much in love.  He calmly leaves her, takes the elevator to the lobby, has cocktails at the bar.  Witnesses later testify to having seen him in the foyer at The Savoy Plaza at the same time. He does not speak to anyone.

He is found hours later in the arms of his dead lover with a matching bullet wound to the head, fully clothed aside from his bare feet, there are cryptic tattoos on the soles, a cross on his right and a pagan sun symbol on the left.

On the silk coverlet next to them, the murder weapon,  a silver handgun. On the barrel the engraving of a Black Sun.

Police are baffled. New York, Boston, London and Paris Society are outraged. The killing seems senseless, there was no note and no motive. He seemed to have everything, he was one of their own, one of their finest.  What happened that afternoon?

In the two hours which passed between the deaths of these two beautiful young lovers, who were later commemorated in E.E Cummings poem ‘Two Boston Dolls’, we tell the colourful true story of the exceptionally charismatic American poet Harry Crosby, his unique influence on the Lost Generation of Writers and Artists in the golden age of 1920’s Paris and solve the riddle of his final day.

” We created a gossamer bridge between the wars,  it was as beautiful as it was fragile.”     

Caresse Crosby

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