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No nation has enjoyed a greater reputation for producing and tolerating erotica --from the 17th century libertine novels to the "whore dialogues" to the original Pads edition of Joyce's Ulysses-- than France. Philosophe Denis Diderot penned an 18th-century novel featuring talking body parts, while poet Guillaume Apollinaire spiced up one of his short works with fetishism. And then there's Marquis de Sade and Brigitte Bardot. [Jun 2006]

List of erotomaniacs in visual arts, photography, publishing, film, literature and theory: Aslan (pin-up) artist - Guillaume Apollinaire - Louis Aragon - Paul Avril - Balthus - Georges Bataille - Charles Baudelaire - Paul-Emile Bécat - Jean de Berg - José Bénazéraf - Gilles Berquet - Alfred Binet - Walerian Borowczyk - François Boucher - Guy Bourdin - Catherine Breillat - Restif de la Bretonne - Gustave Courbet - Jean-François Davy - Denis Diderot - J.M. Lo Duca - Michel Foucault - Théophile Gautier - Jean Genet - Maurice Girodias - Alain Robbe-Grillet - Michel Houellebecq - Ingres - Just Jaeckin - Pierre Klossowski - Ado Kyrou - Choderlos de Laclos - Violette Leduc - Jean-Jacques Lequeu - Eric Losfeld - Mirka Lugosi - Edouard Manet - Catherine Millet - Octave Mirbeau - Bénedict-Auguste Morel - Pierre Molinier - Alfred de Musset - Gilles Néret - Andre Robert Andrea de Nerciat - François Ozon - Max Pécas - Georges Pichard - Eugène Pirou - Pauline Réage - Jean Rollin - Marquis De Sade - Romain Slocombe - Roland Topor - Clovis Trouille - Tomi Ungerer - Roger Vadim -

Publishers: Obelisk Press - Jean-Jacques Pauvert - Olympia Press - Elvipress - Histoire d'O/Story of O

Titles: Emmanuelle series - The Pornographer (2001) - Une liaison pornographique - Pussy talk - Les bijoux indiscrets - Gamiani - Histoire d'O/Story of O

French speaking Belgians: Martin Van Maële - Pierre Louÿs - Félicien Rops -

Odalisque (detail) c. 1745 - François Boucher

Erotica book stores

Un Regard Moderne

From Insider Guide:
Un Regard Moderne is the regular stomping ground of lovers of underground art and literature. This kooky shoebox-sized bookstore is located on a narrow, picturesque Left Bank street and caters to all sorts of fantasies and fetishes. The colorful window display is an instant indication of what the store specializes inbooks on manga, SF and erotica. Space is scarce so watch those elbows around the piles of books towering precariously in an unorganized but friendly clutter. If you're looking for something in particular, you may have to ask the owner Jacques Noel to help you out, since he's probably the only person who knows where to find anything. Otherwise, it's a fabulous place to browse, even if you're not an amateur of all things strange and bizarre. Tiny as the place is, there's also a little gallery areasome regular faces there are Pierre La Police with his dark and humorous comics, and Romain Slocombe, notorious for his photographs of Japanese girls in bandages.

Located at (10 rue Gît-le-Coeur - 75006 Paris, [same street as the famous Beat Hotel).


Seb's bookstore, Erotism 60s, 70s 43, Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris.

Censorship in France

"The trial of the poet Theophile de Viau in 1623 is a milestone both in the reinvention of obscenity and in the history of censorship"

Sade - Pauvert - Maurice Girodias - Eric Losfeld - Gustave Flaubert - Charles Baudelaire - Hara Kiri (magazine)

Images Interdites (1989) - Yves Frémion, Bernard Joubert [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Cover image by Roland Topor
History of censorship in France in cinema, newpapers, magazines, posters and books.

July 16, 1949 – French law
July 16, 1949 – French law targets "publications destinées à la jeunesse," [publications intended for the youth]. Initially, the law applied to magazines and periodicals of a semi-salacious nature, usually well illustrated. In 1954 the law was expanded to include printed books as well.

Édouard Chimot

Édouard Chimot Google gallery of which I especially like this work and here is a splendid illustration by Chimot for Baudelaire's Paris Spleen.

See also: Le Spleen de Paris (1869)

Paris Eros: The Imaginary Museum of Eroticism in Paris (2004) - Hans-Jürgen Döpp

Paris Eros: The Imaginary Museum of Eroticism in Paris (2004) - Hans-Jurgen Dopp [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

See Hans-Jürgen Döpp

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