[Item #6223] Olympia: A Bimonthly Review from Paris, No. 3 (1962). Maurice Girodious, Henry Miller, Terry Southern, Mark Twain.
Olympia: A Bimonthly Review from Paris, No. 3 (1962)
Olympia: A Bimonthly Review from Paris, No. 3 (1962)

Olympia: A Bimonthly Review from Paris, No. 3 (1962)

Paris, France: Olympia Press, 1962. First Edition. Large-Format Softcover. Maurice Girodias rebranded his father’s Obelisk Press as the Olympia Press in 1953 as a publisher of avant-garde and provocative literature that otherwise was not welcomed by the English-speaking world. The French didn’t take long to turn on the press’ explicit publications by banning and seizing them just a few years later. Olympia was the first publisher to be willing to print William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Henry Miller’s trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, and many other famously controversial books. With the goal of sharing controversial and censored material, Olympia printed the first issue of their journal at the end of 1961. This issue opens with a note of apology for the interruption in publication which was caused by the French government’s censorship: “Following issue No 2 we had to interrupt publication, partly on account of distribution difficulties in America and in England, but mostly because a ban was pronounced against the magazine by the French government, only a few days after the first issue has been released,” (pg 1). Following this introductory letter is Mark Twain’s “1601,” a piece from the perspective of the cupbearer to the Queen of England. Also included is excerpts from the 1960 debate over censorship of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover (1928) in the English parliament’s House of Lords; the last pages from Book One of The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy by Henry Miller, Sexus; a portfolio of photos by Robert Giraud of pre-World-War I tattoos with commentary about the practice and purpose; and Terry Southern’s column “The Spy’s Corner” which closes out each issue. From the collection of Kevin Ring, editor-publisher of & contributor to Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions (many available here), & our good friend in the UK. Large-Format Softcover: First Edition, First Printing. Book is in Good condition with moderate rubbing, scratching to front, back covers & spine; minor-to-moderate bumping to the fine-edges and corners of same; minor spotting to back cover near edge of spine. Good. [Item #6223]

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