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A Gentleman of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco, Poet, Memoirist, Translator, and Pornographer Hardcover – March 14, 2011

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"Original and richly detailed, A Gentleman of Pleasure gives John Glassco the audience he deserves." Andrew Lesk, University of Toronto


"Black-leather dandy, and elegant, martini-sipping beat, John Glassco was a one-man, literary underground. Impeccable in style and provocative in intent, his pornography is poetic, his poetry is arty, but all his writing has the precision and grace of bea


"In his own elegant prose and with a profound appreciation of his subject's life and work, Brian Busby introduces us to the life, the times, and the writings of a man who was not merely a gentleman of letters and pleasure but also a fabulist of the first

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Brian Busby is an independent scholar and the author of several books, including Character Parts: Who's Really Who in CanLit.
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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773538186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773538184
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,645,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glassco is a fascinating literary figure. He was not a
conventional guy and this is, thankfully, not a conventional
author's bio. Glassco went to Paris as a youth, leaving behind
his rich, loathesome Canadian parents. (His dado enjoyed whipping
the child while mumie got sexually aroused). He survived TB operations
in his 20s (during the '30s) and became a poet and porn writer. He also
married a woman who went mad and believed she was related to the
last Russian Tsar.

Glassco's "Memoirs of Montparnasse," (much of it imagined, but so
what) should be read first. Except for Chapter #1, which reads like
the phbook - as if writ x someone else - this bio is recommended.
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