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Two Erotic Tales: Aphrodite and the Songs of Bilitis

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These exquisitely crafted tales have provided inspiration to a wide range of artists, from Debussy, Gide, and Colette, to the directors of classic film noir. Originally banned in the United States, this first English translation from the original French editions recaptures the passionate writing that propelled Louys to the forefront of Fin de Siecle literature.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Evanston Publishing
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Feb 14, 2010 Joseph rated it really liked it

Two Erotic Tales by Pierre Louÿs includes The Songs of Bilitis, which I have already reviewed, and Aphrodite. Aphrodite is the story of Demetrios and Chrysis. Chrysis is a famous courtesan in Alexendria; Demetrios the famous sculptor and lover of the queen. During a chance meeting between the two Demetrios falls in love with Chrysis. But she is disdainful and says she will only bestow her favors upon him if he gets her three gifts. Demetrios must steal a silver mirror from Rhodopis, another famo

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I read this a while back; I put in little page dividers for pages that moved me or I had thoughts about, but I had to take them out and return the book to the library before I had time to update on it.

There were definitely sections that I enjoyed and sections (or mostly lines) that were the author's opinion (as well as the MC's) and were not my own. That hardly ever means I won't enjoy a book, though.

I loved the poetry of the language and loved many of the supporting characters--like the two mus
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Born in Belgium. in 1870, but moved to France where he would spend the rest of his life. He was a friend of authors André Gide and Oscar Wilde, and of composer Claude Debussy.
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