Maurice Girodias
Guy Lochhead, 25/08/10
Founder of the Olympia Press, the Parisian publisher of erotic books that helped a number of starving New York artists and intellectuals during the ‘60s. Girodias was not honest or good with money, and was bankrupt in the mid/late ‘60s. Girodias’ legacy of helping out poor artists is sort of admirable (though a lot of those artists were crap, imho), but his means of doing so was not. Although he was sometimes the only publisher willing to put out certain, now-important novels (‘Story of O’ and ‘Lolita’, for example), his attitude was always that they were pornography. This way of thinking, and his apparent dishonesty, exclude him.

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