George Ilsley's Reviews > A Gentleman of Pleasure : One Life of John Glassco : Poet, Memoirist, Translator, and Pornographer

A Gentleman of Pleasure  by Brian Busby
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Nov 04, 2011

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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.
Update (August 2017). Just re-read this book, without realizing I had read this biography before. Glassco was so prone to secrets and deception; even in his private journals there is a sense of public relations. Incredibly demanding chore trying to dig to the "truth" if it all. Busby digs and digs but what is one to rely upon -- memoirs? memories? letters? fetishes? drunken interviews?
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Sketchbook I agree with your review, but .....I feel the author was delivering under various "restraints" that we're not aware of. The first chapter is simply badly written. As for Glassco's own "Memoirs," it seems he was having troubles over frankness w his editor (and agent) back in the 1968-70 period.

For a most unusual book on gay material, writ 100 years ago, and very modern, I recommend, "Bertram Cope's Year" x Henry Blake Fuller. Though discreet, he was slammed x critics.

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