Review: Venus Bound: The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press

Venus Bound: The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press
Venus Bound: The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press by John De St. Jorre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyed the portraits of the universe of little and well-known literary characters who walked through the doors of Olympia, and the stories behind the books that have earned Olympia Press and Girodias places in literary history.

Good to be reminded that the romance of publishing and writing is sustained by ordinary people — writers, publishers and sellers who are often cliquish, ungrateful and unpleasant and all driven by their love for good writing 🙂

In some parts St. Jorre errs on the side of comprehensiveness rather than flair. While he doesn’t avoid describing Olympia Press founder Maurice Girodias’ flaws, he’s fairly discreet.

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