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By Neil Pearson

Obelisk: A historical past of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press info the historical past of 1 of the main extraordinary—and controversial—publishing businesses of the 20 th century. writer concurrently of the notorious novels of the literary elite in addition to cost effective erotica and “dirty books,” Jack Kahane’s Obelisk Press released the likes of Henry Miller, James Joyce, Ana?s Nin, and D.H. Lawrence, along a long record of censor-baiting eccentrics like N. Reynolds Packard, the hot York day-by-day information’ Rome correspondent and the self-styled “Marco Polo of Sex.”  Here, for the 1st time, is the tale of this extraordinary enterprise, which captures the various 20th century’s such a lot outrageous literary personalities and their frequently scandalous exploits, together with the failed golfing membership society journal run via Nin, Miller, and Lawrence Durrell and the tortured dating among Obelisk writer Marjorie Firminger and Wyndham Lewis. A richly illustrated cultural heritage of Twenties Paris, a fully-narrated bibliography of works released through an unforgettable literary establishment, and a glimpse into the impressive lifetime of the Press’s writer, Jack Kahane, The Obelisk Press is a publishing occasion to not be neglected by way of a person with an curiosity in twentieth-century literary lives and letters. (20071208)

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Although prolific in what turned out to be the short time available to him – so prolific that when Miss Horniman brought down the curtain on her involvement with the Gaiety in 1921, she was able to mark the occasion by staging an entire season of his plays – Houghton’s early death deprived the Manchester School of both its prime achiever and its sense of self. Worse was to follow. By 1913, most of the Swan Club’s alumni were no longer living or working in Manchester, and by travelling further afield had begun to garner for themselves some of the fame that as a collective they had brought to their home town.

There’s much about Kahane that is easy to dislike. As a young man he was vain, affected, and drearily evangelical about his own genius. He mistook appearance for content, noise for action, and oppositionism for achievement. indd Sec1:28 23/9/07 11:48:55 A VERY BRITISH PORNOGRAPHER more likeable, and when he settled in France after the war he merely exchanged all his old shortcomings for new ones. But, as we shall see, during the war itself his actions were heroic, and his health, fragile even before hostilities began, was completely destroyed as a result of the injuries he sustained and the conditions in which he lived.

His court case was settled by February 1916; his transfer to the Royal Fusiliers would have placed him at Ypres shortly after. The Second Battle of Ypres took place in the spring of 1915, the Third – Passchendaele – in the second half of 1917: the two battles respectively inflicted sixty thousand and a quarter of a million British casualties. Although Kahane’s time in the sector fell between these two apocalyptic conflagrations there was never a good time for a soldier to be posted to Ypres, and when Kahane arrived in 1916 not only was there constant skirmishing, but German forces had begun to experiment with two new weapons: chlorine gas, and ‘liquid fire’ – flame-throwers.

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