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The heyday of Parisian erotica

In the mid-20th century, titles such as Whip Angels, White Thighs, School for Sin and The Wisdom of the Lash joined Lolita and The Naked Lunch on Olympia Press’s list

10 June 2023

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Dirty Books: Erotic Fiction and the Avant-Garde in Mid-Century Paris and New York Barry Reay and Nina Attwood

Manchester University Press, pp.312, 20

Maurice Girodias was the most daring avant-garde publisher in English of the post-war era. His Paris-based Olympia Press took on Samuel Beckett at a time when no British publisher wanted him, Vladimir Nabokov when Lolita was considered unprintable, William Burroughs when The Naked Lunch was regarded as obscenely incomprehensible, The Ginger Man by J.P.

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