Hardcore old school aristocratic masculinist, misogynist, and fascist, Henry Marie Joseph Frédéric Expedite Millon de Montherlant decried the wimpy, feminized 20th-century male and is said to have celebrated strong Germany's triumph over his weakened native France in 1940. By then, at 45, he had enjoyed widespread literary success, especially with his shockingly prejudiced series The Girls, which sold millions of copies, was translated into more than a dozen other languages, and caused Simone de Beauvoir to attack it for an entire chapter of The Second Sex. Early in his career Montherlant published the gayish novel The Bachelors, his essays on vigorous sport and the pleasures of youth Les Olympiques, and, in 1929, wrote the far more explicit all-male school romance The Boys which he did not release it until 1969. His play on a similar love triangle between an older male student, a younger male student, and their jealous male teacher, La Ville Dont Le Prince Est Un Enfant, was produced in 1952 and in 1997 finally became a movie known in English as The Fire That Burns. Expect the classic doomed, sadder but wiser ending: It is Montherlant, after all, who said, "Happiness writes in white ink on a white page." At 77, almost blind, he swallowed cyanide then fired a gun at his head.
After the jump, samples from Montherlant's Paysages des Olympiques with 87 homoerotic art snaps by Czech photographer Karel Egermeier.