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Le Livre Blanc, a white paper on homosexual love, was first published anonymously in France by Cocteau s contemporary Maurice Sachs and was at once decried as by the critics as obscene. The semi-autobiographical narrative describes a youth s love affairs with a succession of boys and men during the 1900s. The young man s self- deceptive attempts to find fulfilment, first through women and then by way of the church, are movingly conveyed; the book ends with a strong plea for male homosexuality to be accepted without censure. The book is fully illustrated and includes many woodcuts by the author and this new edition of Le Livre Blanc is republished to coincide with a number of events in 2013, marking the 50th anniversary of Cocteau s death in 1963.