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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 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 Publishers, 1969. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # ABE-1470567209480
Book Description Peter Owen, 1969. Hardback. 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 since 1967! 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. Seller Inventory # mon0000002200