Le Livre Blanc, a "white paper" on homosexual love, was first published anonymously in France by Cocteau's contemporary Maurice Sachs and was at once decried as by the critics as obscene. It is now possible to issue it under Cocteau's name. The semi-autobiographical narrative describes a youth's love affairs with a succession of boys and men during the early years of this century. The young man's self-deceptive attempts to find fulfilment, first through women and then by way of the church, are movingly conveyed; the book ends with a strong plea for male homosexuality to be accepted without censure. The book is fully illustrated and includes many woodcuts by the author.
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Jean Cocteau is regarded as one of France's greatest men of arts and letters. A multi-faceted talent and a recipient of the Légion d'honneur, he achieved distinction as a poet, playwright, and critic as well as an artist, illustrator, composer, actor, and internationally acclaimed filmmaker. He was the author of La Belle et la Bête, Les Enfants Terribles, Opium, and Thomas The Impostor.Language Notes:
Text: English, French (translation)
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Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, 1969. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Slight browning to cover. Ink dedication on half-title page. Dustwrapper discoloured and with coffee-cup stains on front. Bookseller Inventory # c40589
Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, London, 1969. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good-. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First English. Illustrated white d/jkt, unclipped; intact, but a little worn and marked, with occasional small losses. White boards; a little marked; foredeges lightly spotted; pp very occasional spotted. Woodcuts by Cocteau. Cocteau's semi-autobiographical "white-paper" on homosexual love, originally published anonymously in France in the 1920s. ; 8vo (6" x 9"); 76 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 30391
Book Description Peter Owen, London, 1969. hardbound. Book Condition: Very Good in G-VG dustwrapper. woodcuts by Jean Cocteau (illustrator). 1st British Commonwealth Edition of Cocteau's 'white paper' on homosexual love, first published anonymously in France in 1928; this edition is the first publication in England, and the first to appear under Cocteau's name; translated and with an introduction by Margaret Croslan; 4 full-page woodcut illustrations by Cocteau; white boards with gilt titling to front board and spine; endpapers and prelims foxed, very occasional light foxing in text, o.w. Very Good throughout; some light foxing to front board; dustwrapper rubbed, minor loss to head of spine, o.w. G-VG. Dustwrapper. 76pp. 8vo. Very Good in G-VG dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 18892
Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1969 Peter Owen Hardcover 1st Edition 1st Impression. Very good+ clean tight binding in very good+ unclipped dustjacket. Wonderful jacket design and woodcuts by Cocteau. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1470567209480
Book Description Peter Owen, 1969. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Very rare first edition-in excellent condition. Green Apple Books and Music, Publisher Weekly's Bookstore of the Year 2014, has been San Francisco's favorite independent bookseller for more than 40 years! Shipping costs on oversize / international orders will reflect actual shipping charges and may be more than quoted by ABE. We will need to contact you with true shipping costs and ask for authorization before adjusting cost. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000002200