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Emil Alois Mario Ferdinand Hugo Vacano
(November 16, 1840 - June 9, 1892) Czech Republic

Emil Mario Vacano

Circus performer

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Emil Mario Vacano was born in Schönberg, Moravia, in what is now the Czech Republic. He was a famous equestrian and circus performer, an artist and writer in what was then the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary.

In his youth he had a feminine appearance and using the names Signora Sanguinetta and Mademoiselle Corinna he was popular as a woman school-rider and a circus rider. It is also said that he lived for a time in a convent. Only a few people knew Signora Sanguinetta's secret.

He also wrote highly regarded books about the circus. He settled down when he fell in love with an Italian officer, and concentrated on his writings, producing numerous historical novels and short stories. Some of his works pioneer the gay novel, especially König Phantasus based on the life of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Vacano's last and longtineme lover was the Hungarian Count Emmerich Stadion.

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