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

School For Sin

Paris: Olympia Press, 1955

Small 8vo, pp. 200. Original green stiff paper wrappers. Bump to lower front corner, otherwise an absolutely fine, unread copy.

First edition. Written pseudonymously by Alexander Trocchi, and only the third book in the Traveller's Companion series.

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. In 1954 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.

In School For Sin, country girls Peggy and Doreen leave their respective potato farms to embark on a sexual odyssey in the big bad city of Dublin. It's Ulysses, with more sex. And potatoes.

Very scarce, and almost fine.

Keywords: OLYMPIA PRESS Alexander TROCCHI Frances LENGEL"

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