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A Gentleman of Pleasure : One Life of John Glassco : Poet, Memoirist, Translator, and Pornographer

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A Gentleman of Pleasure not only spans Glassco's life but delves into his background as a member of a once prominent and powerful Montreal family. In addition to Glassco's readily available work, Brian Busby draws on pseudonymous writings published as a McGill student as well as unpublished and previously unknown poems, letters, and journal entries to detail a vibrant life ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published March 14th 2011 by McGill-Queen's University Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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Sep 05, 2016 Sketchbook rated it really liked it
Who is John Glassco? In the late 20s, Glassco, age 18, and Canadian pal Graeme Taylor joined expats in Paris. Glassco (1909-1981) wanted to flee his rich monster dado who strapped him as a tot while his cries sexually aroused mother. On the Left Bank he found The World: Kay Boyle and writer-editor Robert McAlmon, who published Stein-Hemingway. His ebullient time there is captured in his "Memoirs of Montparnasse," a fine portrait (much concocted) of romping (censored) sex and sociality abroad.

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George Ilsley
Never heard of Glassco until I saw reviews for this book. For such a complete character, this biography comes across as a bit dry and stuffy. One wishes for a completely unmasked Glassco, and despite Busby's obvious efforts and good intentions, this is not it.
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For a review in Dutch, see message 9 of Non-fiction by foreign authors of the Netherlands & Flanders group.

Living in the Netherlands, it was more or less impossible for me to gather information about John Glassco when I first came across three of his poems in The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English in the mid-eighties, as there was no internet available at that time. But some time ago I came, more or less by accident, across a Dutch translation of Harriet Marwood, Governess (as the
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