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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 Ltd, 1969. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP63166362
Book Description Peter Owen Publishers, 1969. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # c40589
Book Description Peter Owen, 1969. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. UK hardback first impression. Fine in VG jacket, clipped and repriced by publisher with a couple of small nicks. Seller Inventory # ABE-1556791568138
Book Description Peter Owen, London, 1969. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First UK Edition. Translated from the French and with an introduction by Margaret Crosland. White cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine and white dust jacket. From the collection of Dr. Gary Simes, signature on front paste-down. Size: 22cm x 14cm. 76 pages. Moderate foxing to spine and edges, minor to boards. Dust Jacket price clipped and worn at edges, small chips and tears, moderate foxing and soiling. Shipped Weight: .21 kilos. ISBN: 0720649005. ISBN/EAN: 9780720649000. Seller Inventory # 0010872