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The Imitation of Sappho: From the Greek MS of Cydno of Lesbos.

Brusselles: Privately Printed, [1930]. Shostac imprint. Hardcover. "Percy Shostac - two gallant 'little people' unafraid to stand up in defense of their considered judgments and convictions - worthy descendants of the forefathers of this great country."
(Rathbone, a fine actor, was strictly ham on paper, projecting to readers in the balcony).
Shostac had experience with sexually-themed drama and censorship. Why he began to clandestinely publish erotica is likely due to his sympathies and the same reason Lewton wrote Grushenka. It was the depths of the Depression and a man did what he had to do to earn a buck. If he seemed hypocritical, condemning a variety of female sexual behavior then later publishing illegal erotica celebrating female licentousness, he wasn't. He was merely offering an early version of "redeeming social value" to offset the titillation on stage. Sex sells, he knew how to spin, and, as the promo sheet for Grushenka proves, he was a gifted huckster and publicist.
Shostac drifted out of poetry, novels, the theater, and publishing. What next for the man who, after stage managing The Captive, in addition to Grushenka also clandestinely published the erotic novels The Abduction of Edith Martin (1930); The Imitation of Sappho (1930)"
Scarce in an iteration, particularly as found here. Very Good+. Light shelf/edge, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Purple printed textured boards, yellow printed endpages. 8vo. 63pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Numbered limited edition, this being 20 of 197. Item #10158

Price: $225.00

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