Printed cover in color. Volume in very good condition. It is decorated with 16 illustrations.
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A tale intriguing for its novelty, its insight into modern literary history, and the thread of social history that runs throughout, Venus Bound is the true story of Olympia Press. The company spent decades pushing the censorship envelope by publishing ground-breaking literature from authors such as Henry MillerWilliam Burroughsand Vladimir Nabokov. To subsidize this high-minded adventure, Olympia pumped out a line of plain old dirty books.
Maurice Girodias is an unlikely candidate for the accolade of most groundbreaking publisher of the 20th century. He was a pornographer who lost all his money in lavish clubs and restaurants, a notorious scam artist and the man Valerie Solanas had intended to murder when she instead shot Andy Warhol on 3 June Kahane died in Septemberleaving little, if anything, to his eldest son Maurice.
No such force greets visitors to this show: the censorship that caused such difficulties for Girodias and Manet is, of course, more relaxed today. Provocation is cast aside by the irreverent ethos with which these drawings and works are exhibited. And a series of sex acts drawn on prison roster sheets by the mysterious artist William Crawford — whose drawings from the s were discovered in an abandoned house in Oakland, California — are a poignant example of what transgression can be.