[ilds] ELEGY ON THE CLOSING OF THE FRENCH BROTHELS (Alyscamps Press: Paris)

Charles Sligh charles-sligh at utc.edu
Wed Apr 25 16:12:03 PDT 2012


A special announcement here -- certain to be of interest to all who 
collect Lawrence Durrell or Henry Miller.

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Alyscamps Press: Paris.

LAWRENCE DURRELL
ELEGY ON THE CLOSING OF THE FRENCH BROTHELS.

Alyscamps Press is proud to announce the publication, on February 27th 
2012, to coincide with the centenary of his birth, of a fine press 
limited edition of a broadside of one of Lawrence Durrell’s most 
accomplished poems. On April 13th 1946 a former street prostitute, 
Marthe Richard, who had become a town councilor, saw the passing of a 
law named after her, which closed down the French brothels, or maisons, 
made famous by the photographs of Durrell’s friend Brassaï and his 
literary hero Henry Miller, in Tropic of Cancer. In response to this 
event, Durrell wrote one of his finest poems, a polemic which 
encompasses his love affair with women, Paris, France, and French 
culture. The poem is dedicated to Henry Miller and their mutual friend, 
Greek cultural figure George Katsimbalis, the hero of Miller’s The 
Colossus of Maroussi.

Illustrated with a rare photo of Durrell and of Henry Miller & George 
Katsimbalis.

Limited to fifty copies signed by the publisher. Printed on Strathmore 
Pastelle 80# paper. Approximately 12.5 X 19 inches.

Available by mail for $50 (plus $10.95 special packing and handling), 
check payable to Karl Orend. The simultaneous order of multiple copies 
to one address incurs only one mailing fee.

Karl Orend
P.O.BOX 92274
Austin
Texas 78709-2274




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