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Benjamin Britten suffered from syphilis, says new biography
Benjamin Britten suffered from syphilis, says new biography

A new biography of Benjamin Britten being published in Britain to commemorate the late composer's 100th birthday contends that he suffered from syphilis and that he may have contracted the venereal disease in his 20s. "Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century," by Paul Kildea, is scheduled to be released in February. (No U.S. publication date has been announced.) Passages from the book have appeared in the Telegraph.  One section states that during an operation in 1973, a doctor found that Britten's "aorta was riddled with tertiary syphilis." The infection was not disclosed publicly. The author writes that "undiagnosed syphilis...

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