The Paris Pornographers: A Force for Good


The Paris Pornographers: A Force for Good
The January 2015 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Neil Pearson, who discussed the cultural atmosphere of Paris between the two World Wars, and its contribution to the defeat of literary censorship.

Neil Pearson has collected rare books for thirty years: his specialism is nineteenth and twentieth century first edition literature, with a particular interest in the expatriate literary movement of Paris between the wars. He is the author of  Obelisk (Liverpool University Press, 2007), a history of the notorious Paris imprint which in the 1930s published the early work of, among others, Henry Miller, Laurence Durrell and Anaïs Nin. In 2011 he researched, compiled and wrote They Were What They Were: A Catalogue of Early Gay Fiction, 1862 -1960. As Neil Pearson Rare Books he deals in material covering all these areas, as well as Erotica, Counterculture and Performing Arts.

The seminar took place on Tuesday 13th January 2015  – Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The seminars are free and open to the public. There is no need to book and all are very welcome.

The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.