"Scarlet Pansy" and William Faro (publisher); Clement Wood & Samuel Roth
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The NYPL was open again Sunday (1-5:45 p.m.), but I didn't get there early
enough to do much. I have SCARLET PANSY on reserve.
The book mentioned here is A SCARLET PANSY (New York: W. Faro 1933) by
Robert Scully. The publisher is interesting. Another 1933 "W. Faro" book is the
famous ANECDOTA AMERICANA: FIVE HUNDRED STORIES FOR THE AMUSEMENT OF THE FIVE
HUNDRED NATIONS THAT COMPRISE AMERICA.
STONE WALLS DO NOT: THE CHRONICLE OF A CAPTIVITY (1930) by Samuel Roth
LADY CHATTERLY'S LOVER: A DRAMATIZATION OF HIS VERSION OF D. H. LAWRENCE'S
NOVEL (1931) by Samuel Roth
THE INTIMATE JOURNAL OF RUDOLPH VALENTINO (1931)
BODY: A NEW STUDY, IN NARRATIVE, OF THE ANATOMY OF SOCIETY (1931) by Daniel
A GENTLEMAN IN A BLACK SKIN (1932) by Donna McKay
WOMAN'S DOCTOR (1933) by Dr. Walter Lennox.
CELESTINE, BEING THE DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (1933) by Octave Mirbeau
A YOUNG MAN ABOUT TO COMMIT SUICIDE (1932) by Anthony Gudaitis
MY HEART IN MY THROAT: THE STORY OF A STRANGE CAPTIVITY (1932) by Lydia
WARREN GAMALIEL:HARDING (1932) by Clement Wood
CIRCULATION: AN UNCENSORED STORY OF A NEWSPAPER OFFICE (1932) by Mary Lee
THE GREAT LINDBERGH HULLABALOO: AN UNORTHODOX ACCOUNT (1932) by Laura Vitray
Most of the books appear to be written by publisher Samuel Roth (1893-1974)
and Clement Wood (1888-1950). Is anyone familiar with Wood's slang work? Did
Roth influence the word "gay"? Roth edited these magazines:
Title Beau : the man's magazine : devoted to the comforts and luxuries
of living / edited by Samuel Roth. Imprint New York : The Beau Pub. Co.,
Title Two worlds. Imprint
New York : Two Worlds Pub. Co., c1925-
Location Humanities-Genrl Res Vol./date Vol. 1, no. 1 (Sept. 1925)-
Descript 2 v. : ill. ; 27 cm. Frequency Quarterly Note Ceased with v. 2, no. 8
(June 1927). "A literary quarterly devoted to the increase of the gaiety of
nations." Title from cover. Edited by Samuel Roth; contributing editors:
Arthur Symons, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Hueffer. Also issued in reprint ed.
and on microfiche.
Published concurrently in 1926-1927 with Two worlds monthly, also edited by
Clement Wood published:
Title A Dictionary of American slang / Clement Wood and Gloria Goddard.
Girard, Kan. : Haldeman-Julius Co., c1926.
Location Humanities-Genrl Res Descript 64 p. ; 13 cm.
Author _Wood, Clement, 1888-1950._
(http://catnyp.nypl.org/search/aWood,+Clement,+1888-1950./awood+clement+1888-1950/-5,-1,0,B/browse) Title Sexual
relations in the Southern States. Imprint
Girard, Kan., Haldeman-Julius Publications [c1929]
_Tomfolio.com: Erotica (no viewable graphics): Erotic Literature_
... This version is called a Samuel Roth edition as originally published by
Faro, Inc. The copyright page states revised 1930 by William Faro, Inc. ...
www.tomfolio.com/bookssub.asp?subid=889 - 41k - _Cached_
+roth"+faro&hl=en&ie=UTF-8) - _Similar pages_
_Highlights from the collections - Archive Awareness month - The ..._
... volume is actually a set of printed sheets of an expurgated piracy of
prepared by Samuel Roth and published under the imprint of William Faro in
www.nottingham.ac.uk/mss/ online/aam/aam/aam_notthighlights.html - 19k -
- _Similar pages_
_TIME Magazine Archive Article -- Thick Blue Volume -- Dec. 28 ..._
... Hamill took his manuscript to a notorious Samuel Roth who, under the
of William Faro Inc., specialized in smutty publications. ...
www.time.com/time/archive/ preview/0,10987,753208,00.html - _Similar pages_
_The Private Life of Frank Harris_
... "William Faro" was Samuel Roth himself. Back to list of books These
pages are the
fruit of harmless drudgery by Alfred Armstrong: alfred at oddbooks.co.uk
www.oddbooks.co.uk/harris/edition.php3?book_key=sr_bio - 4k - _Cached_
.php3?book_key=sr_bio+"samuel+roth"+faro&hl=en&ie=UTF-8) - _Similar pages_
_Jewish influence in the mass media II_
... Samuel Roth is noteworthy in the pornography trade for many reasons. ...
J., 2000, p.
31] Jewish erotica book publishers included William Faro, Panurge, Falstaff
_soc.culture.usa_ (http://groups-beta.google.com/group/soc.culture.usa) -
Jan 15 2002, 1:04 pm by M.T.T.
Samuel Roth is noteworthy in the pornography trade for many reasons.
some might portray him as a free speech hero, he pirated editions of both
Joyce's Ulysses and D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover, to the protest
the Joyce and Lawrence estates. Imprisoned twice, 1937-1939 and 1957-61,
labeled "the dirtiest pig in the world" and "the louse of Lewisburg [prison]"
[GERTZMAN, J., 2000, p. 219] Roth in 1936 "received the most severe prison
possible under the law for brazenly using the Postal Service to distribute
flagrantly obscene books ... Roth was the most often incarcerated, the most
feckless, and quite likely the most resourceful booklegger of his time,
moral and legal authorities with a quixotic bravado." [GERTZMAN, J., 1999,
Sam Roth's grandson is none other than Prof. James Kugel, the eminent
Bible scholar at Harvard University.
ROTH IS A GREAT American icon of perversity. He was a successful
entrepreneur who took enormous pride in the fact that he always worked for himself —
peddling pornography. He was a self-taught man, and used his skills to write
His first magazine, Beau, a sophisticated precursor to Esquire, attracted
attention. But it was his second, Two Worlds, in which he serialized sections
of Joyce’s Ulysses, that got him in trouble.
IT’S NO SURPRISE that Samuel Roth’s story is now mostly lost. Except for
occasional footnote references in works on the history of censorship and
coverage in Jay A. Gertzman’s superlative book Bookleggers and Smuthounds: The
Trade in Erotica 1920-1940 (University of Pennsylvania, 1999), Roth is not
remembered at all.
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