[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 5, Issue 18

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Fri Aug 31 12:10:40 PDT 2007


 
I believe it was Nancy Durrell's money that financed part of the Villa  Surat 
series; Larry had little funds on his own.  Didn't Nin or her husband  also 
in part fund the series?
            Brewster
 
In a message dated 8/31/2007 3:00:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time,  
ilds-request at lists.uvic.ca writes:

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Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 18:13:25 -0400
From: "Sky Blue Press"  <skybluepress at skybluepress.com>
Subject: [ilds] Last Villa Seurat  Book Finally Published in America
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Hello Durrellians...

When Lawrence Durrell  funded Anais Nin's 'The Winter of Artifice' in 1939, 
little did he know that  within a few weeks of its publication war and the 
death of the publisher, Jack  Kahane of the Obelisk Press, would destroy the 
book's future. Unlike Henry  Miller, who waited for decades before his 'Tropics' 
could be published in  America because of the so-called obscenity laws, Nin went 
to work after coming  to New York, surgically removing the story 'Djuna' (the 
first treatment of the  Henry-June-Anais love triangle), and severely cutting 
the other two novellas,  'Lilith' and 'The Voice'. On the first page of this 
doctored copy, she wrote:  "I have removed all of the scabreux 
passages--everything difficult and what  shocks here." In 1942 she published, on her own 
press, the new version of the  book, and the original was never published again 
anywhere. It became Villa  Seurat's "lost book".

Two years ago, Benjamin Franklin V, the foremost  Nin bibliographer in the 
country, lent me a copy of the original Paris  edition, and together we made a 
plan to create from it a facsimile in a  limited edition of 500 copies. It took 
more than a year to scan each page and  digitally erase the ravage of time. 
It was our goal to create a duplicate of  what rolled off the press in 1939, 
and I'm happy to say we've achieved  this.

So, finally, after 68 years, the final book of the Villa Seurat  Series is 
being published in America, uncut, and an important gap in the  bibliography of 
Nin, Durrell and Miller is now closed.

The book is  available at www.skybluepress.com. 

Paul Herron
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Date: Fri, 31 Aug  2007 10:01:26 -0400
From: "Sky Blue Press"  <skybluepress at skybluepress.com>
Subject: Re: [ilds] Non-USA readers  for Last Villa Seurat Book Finally
Published in  America
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Hello,

Just an addendum to previous message  regarding 'The Winter of Artifice.' 
Non-USA readers can query me for postal  rates at orders at skybluepress.com. I will 
then get back with you and let you  know total cost and purchase method, etc.

Thanks,
Paul  Herron







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