[Olympia Press][pseud. TROCCHI, Alexander] LENGEL, Frances

The Carnal Days Of Helen Seferis

Paris: Atlantic Library, 1954

8vo, pp. 183. Original yellow stiff paper wrappers. A little age-toned, production-fault creasing to spine, lightly pencilled ?price to front panel, spine ends very lightly bumped. A near fine, unread copy.

First edition. The pornographic sequel to Trocchi's first book, Helen And Desire.

Scottish novelist Alexander Trocchi [1925-1984] moved to Paris in the early 1950s, where he edited the literary magazine Merlin. Merlin flew the Existentialist flag, and numbered Sartre, Genet and Camus among its contributors. The magazine proved better at making reputations than money, however, and Trocchi was one of a group of impecunious writers recruited by Maurice Girodias to write pornography for the Olympia Press, an English-language, Paris-based imprint catering for the wide variety of sexual tastes to be found among the city's Anglophone residents and visitors. But Olympia also had a more respectable face -- it published the first edition of Lolita, as well as work by Beckett, Burroughs and J.P. Donleavy -- and Trocchi was keen to join its roster of writers. He supplied Girodias with two smutty potboilers written absolutely to the Olympia recipe, Helen And Desire(his first book),and this title,both published under the pseudonym 'Frances Lengel. Trocchi also submitted Young Adam,the novel which marked the beginning of his literary reputation. Young Adamwas an altogether more writerly work than Trocchi's first two offerings; Girodias disliked it for precisely that reason, and ordered lubricious rewrites before publication.

Trocchi's extremely scarce third book, never reprinted by Olympia, and a very nice copy.

Keywords: OLYMPIA PRESS Alexander TROCCHI Frances LENGEL"

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