Topic 4: Black Manikin & Obelisk

Lady Chatterley in Paris: Titus, Obelisk and the Pirates

Just as Shakespeare and Company profited in the mid-twenties from the illicit reputation of Joyce's Ulysses, Titus profited from his courage in republishing Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover (first published in Florence in 1928), unexpurgated, though with Titus's name discreetly absent from the title-page. Shown here are Titus's edition (1929, with Lawrence's preface on piracies for the pornography market, rebound), a contemporary pirated edition ("Paris: privately printed, 1930"), and a 1936 Paris edition from Obelisk Press. Obelisk, owned by the English expatriate Jack Kahane and soon to publish works by both Henry Miller and Anais Nin, was known chiefly for pornography. Kahane had also been involved with the much more respectable Fountains Press, which had published Joyce's Haveth Childers Everywhere (1930).
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