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Old 07-10-2011, 01:41 AM
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Default Historical Figures In Poly

I know this is probably something which has been discussed at some point, but I can't find any thread too recent on it, or at all.

I had the idea for this thread after recently learning a bit about Igor Stravinsky [Russian/French/American Classical composer]. When he was quite young, he married his first cousin and had 2 children with her, but later on, whilst living in France, met a woman he said to be his life love. He had an affair with her right up until his wife died, but the great part I love, is that his wife found out way before this and had actually accepted it as inevitable. A sort of poly way without realising it. So he had both these women up until his wife died, but stayed only with this second woman, marrying her a year later in America.

Anyone else have some historical figures in poly? Especially as interesting as I found this one? Please share. =]
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:10 AM
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My favorite abstract artist... Vassily Kandinsky --echoes the above story.. married to a cousin, enamored with another.. I suspect there are many in the artistic community.. where an early marriage with a convenient partner becomes too limiting to a talented and traveled artist.

I'll bet there are other stories out there.. although many may involve cheating.
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:39 PM
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John Stuart Miller (20 May 1806 8 May 1873) had one of the most interesting bios. I cannot get the bio. I read on here, but wow! He is really for woman's rights and way beyond his time. I read his "Subjection of Women". He divorced his first wife after meeting the love of his life. Helen was married, so she took both of them. As it states in his bio "Her husband paid the bills, and Stuart stocked the wine cellar." There are people that believe that they weren't intimate but their journals state otherwise. This V kept up for quite a few years until her husband died. Then she wed Miller. Wiki kinda sucks but heres a link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Mill
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:55 AM
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Robert Crumb. The "keep on trucking" "Fritz the cat" cartoonist.

I watched this documentary recently that told of his life in a commune with his wife and several girlfriends. He married one of them after his wife threatened them with a shot gun.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:01 PM
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Frida Kahlo, a Mexican bisexual painter and a socialist: had a tumultous relationship with her husband, a fellow artist and politico Diego Riviera, involving a lot of jealousy, cheating and temporary break-ups. At one point, Diego was involved with Frida's sister. Frida's most notable relationship outside of her relationship with Riviera was with the Communist thinker and anarchist Lev Trotsky, who lived at their house in Mexico after fleeing the Soviet Union.

Virginia Woolf, an English novelist and member of the Bloosmbury group, of whom most were actively poly/nonmogamous and a fair bit bisexual and gay, too. Virginia's sister Vanessa Bell never divorced her husband despite actually living with her life love, the gay painter Duncan Grant, who fathered her youngest child - she, however, was brought up believing she was the biological daughter of Vanessa's husband Clive Bell. Virginia herself had several passionate romantic friendships with notable women of her time, including Vita Sackville-West, whose husband was fully aware and accepting of the situation, preferring men himself.

The creator of Wonderwoman and of the first ever lie detector, William Moulton Marston, lived openly with his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olivia Byrne, whose two children the couple took in and raised as their own. Olivia was the stay-at-home mum for all the four children, whereas Elizabeth supported the entire family, being one of the first career women of her time.
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There is an impressive list of history persons practicing polyamory at the end of the German polyamory article in Wikipedia: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyamory
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