John de St. Jorre
Venus Bound - the Erotic Voyage of The Olympia Press
New York: Random House, 1994
By turns hilarious farce and gripping literary thriller, this is the story of the dubious Olympia Press in Paris, and its rogue proprietor Maurice Girodias.
Due to draconian censorship laws in America, his modest pornographic imprint ended up publishing first editions for writers such as Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Anais Nin, J. P. Donleavy, Terry Southern, Vladimir Nabokov and William Burroughs.
The comically ironic aspects of literary reputation and opportunistic publishing have never been more entertaining.
Hardcover. 360 pages.