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Obelisk: A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press

Neil Pearson


This book details the work of one of the most extraordinary publishing enterprises in history. Censor–baiting, provocative, simultaneous publisher of the literary elite and of ‘dirty books’, Jack Kahane's Obelisk Press published Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Durrell, D. H. Lawrence, and James Joyce among others. At the same time Kahane subsidised his literary endeavours with cheap erotica and trash fiction from long–forgotten eccentrics such as New York Daily News' Rome correspondent and self–styled ‘Marco Polo of Sex’ N. Reynolds Packard. Kahane's business model was simple: if a book was ... More

Keywords: Jack Kahane, Obelisk Press, literary elite, cheap erotica, trash fiction, censorship, N. Reynolds Packard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311017
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313684


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Pearson, author