A Publisher's Paradise
Expatirate Literary Culture in Paris, 1890-1960
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
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I wish to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and my home institution, Simon Fraser University, for their generous support. I am also grateful to the many librarians and archivists in Britain, France, and the United States for their assistance, particularly Shawn C. Wilson at the...
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From 1890 to 1960 some of Anglo-America’s most heated cultural contests over books, sex, and censorship were staged not at home, but abroad in the City of Light. Paris became a haven for interrogating and reimagining the margins of sexual culture and literary expression, and a wide variety of English “dirty books” circulated...
Part I: Politics
1. British Cultural Policy and the Rise of Paris Editions, 1890–1914
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Paris was the center of European artistic life in the nineteenth century. In the British cultural imagination, the city was also the gateway for splendor and vice. The controversial French novels of Guy de Maupassant, Emile Zola, and Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly fed such ideas with their loose tales of sex, prostitution, and adultery. Many...
2. British Censorship, French Liberalism, and Paris Editions, 1918–1960
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In 1915, a British postal official noted that the traffic in pornography coming from France was virtually “killed by the war.”1 But the business in Paris editions that developed with the internationalization of pornography quickly resumed after the fighting ended, newly linking pornography with experimental modernist writing, and...
Part II: Publishing
3. Charles Carrington, 1867–1921
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Shifting from the cultural politics that led to the rise and fall of Paris editions to the principal personalities behind their production and distribution, we discover front and center the man who went by the name Charles Carrington (1867–1921). He was the Paris-based publisher-bookseller who appeared repeatedly on...
4. Charles Carrington’s Books from Abroad, Circa 1895–1921
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Charles Carrington’s extraordinary life as an expatriate, unearthed in the last chapter, informed his great entrepreneurial venture as a Paris-based publisher-bookseller. Sometime around 1895, when he immigrated to Paris, he set up his unique publishing business that specialized in sex books from abroad, which he sometimes advertised...
5. Paris Editions from Charles Hirsch to Maurice Girodias, Circa 1900–1960
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The English sex book in Paris was bigger than its expatriate creator, Charles Carrington. His rivals and contemporaries, his immediate successors, and other small independent publishers published Paris editions from the turn of the century through to the 1960s. Although some of these publishers have been studied, this publishing...
Part III: Pornography
6. Suburban Souls and the Literary Family, Paris Circa 1900
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The changing cultural politics and publishing networks that gave shape to the pornographer’s paradise in Paris are encoded in fascinating ways in certain Paris editions. Works that presented themselves as confessions, memoirs, or diaries reflected on the expatriated book at different moments in its history. Jerome McGann’s...
7. Teleny, the 1890s, and Charles Hirsch’s “Notice Bibliographique,” 1934
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Teleny or the Reverse of the Medal, A Physiological Romance of To-Day (1893) is another pornographic novel that is an important, albeit contested, record of the history of Paris editions.1 It is the tragic and libidinous love story of two men, Camille Des Grieux and René Teleny, set in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and...
8. Lolita, Her Russian American Author, and His Paris Publisher, 1939–1967
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Suburban Souls and Teleny are little known pornographic novels that in different ways can be read against the changing history of Paris editions and Anglo-French cultural politics. The last novel I want to discuss is Lolita, a late example of a Paris edition by the Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov. Nabokov would probably have...
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About the Author, Back Cover
Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 26 illus.
Publication Year: 2014