[pseud. MAC ORLAN, Pierre] BLACKEYES, Sadie

Petite Dactylo

Paris: Collection des Orties Blanches, 1933

8vo, pp. 287. Original grey paper wrappers, printed in red and black on front panel and spine. Uncut, unopened. A little rubbing and edgewear, spine just starting from text block, but a superior, unread copy.

Collection des Orties Blanches edition. First published by Jean Fort in 1914. French text.
Jean Fort's imprint Collection Des Orties Blanches was in business from 1917 until 1939, and specialised in flagellation novels. This one, set in a typing school with a method of correction that pre-dates Tippex, is a particularly interesting example. It's author, here writing as Sadie Blackeyes, was Pierre Mac Orlan. Born Pierre Dumarchey [1882-1970], Mac Orlan was a leading French songwriter and novelist whose work included Quai Des Brumes (1928): filmed by Marcel Carné in 1938 and starring Jean Gabin, it remains one of the enduring cornerstones of French cinema.
But Mac Orlan had a third profession: pornographer. Under a variety of pseudonyms -- Sadie Blackeyes, Pierre du Bourdel, Docteur Fowler -- as well as under his given name, Mac Orlan published a multitude of pornographic novels, most of them sadomasochistic. As Sadie Blackeyes, he wrote regularly for Jean Fort, one of the early twentieth century's most assiduous publishers of such material. As well as this one, five other Blackeyes titles were published under the Collection des Orties Blanches imprint, including Quinze Ans, Lise, and Baby, Douce Fille.
Little is known about the illustrator Gaston Smit. He too used pseudonyms -- Georges Topfer, James Barclay -- and specialised in material of this kind. He was active (and prolific) from around 1917. No new work of his is known to have appeared after 1933, making these illustrations some of the last he is known to have produced.
An interesting literary curiosity: a pornographic work with rather more artistic wallop than most.

Kearney, Scissors-and-Paste Bibliography: 12

Keywords: Pierre MAC ORLAN Sadie BLACKEYES"


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