» » Aphrodite: Ancient Manners (Forgotten Books)

eBook Aphrodite: Ancient Manners (Forgotten Books) epub

by Pierre Firminger Louys

eBook Aphrodite: Ancient Manners (Forgotten Books) epub
  • ISBN: 1606202073
  • Author: Pierre Firminger Louys
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (May 7, 2008)
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • ePUB size: 1214 kb
  • FB2 size 1830 kb
  • Formats mbr doc lrf lrf


Bibliographic Details. Title: Aphrodite: Ancient Manners (Forgotten Books). Pierre Louys was born Pierre Louis on December 10, 1870 in Ghent, Belgium, but moved to France where he would spend the rest of his life

Bibliographic Details. Publisher: Forgotten Books. Publication Date: 2008. Book Condition: Good. Pierre Louys was born Pierre Louis on December 10, 1870 in Ghent, Belgium, but moved to France where he would spend the rest of his life. He studied at the Ecole Alsacienne in Paris, and there he developed a close friendship with a future Nobel Prize winner and champion of homosexual rights, Andre Gide. In the 1890s, he became a friend of the noted English dramatist and homosexual, Oscar Wilde. Although heterosexual, Louys enjoyed entree into homosexual circles.

On the heels of Bilitis, Pierre Louys published his first novel, Aphrodite (Moeurs Antiques) in 1896. It was a bestseller, selling 350,000 copies, sealing Louys" reputation as a popular author of erotic literature. Set in Ptolemaic Alexandria, at a much later date than Bilitis, Aphrodite is as much a love story as a crime story.

Aphrodite : ancient manners /. Author: Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925.

Aphrodite is a masterpiece of French 19th century literature.

Books related to Ancient Manners; Also Known As Aphrodite. Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

Read whenever, wherever. Your phone is always with you, so your books are too – even when you’re offline.

Aphrodite: Ancient Manners. by Pierre Louys (Author). ISBN-13: 978-1417902989. Not surprising, as Louys' chief claim to fame these days is actually fooling the establishment of his time that he'd discovered a heretofore forgotten collection of ancient Greek poetry by a disciple of Sappho - "The Songs of Bilitis," which he published a French "translation" of in 1894. Turns out these poems were in fact created and written by Louys himself, but the hoax perpetuated for many years. Aphrodite takes place in Ptolemaic Alexandria, during the climax of the Hellenistic Age.

On the heels of Bilitis, Pierre Louys published his first novel, Aphrodite (Moeurs Antiques) in 1896. It was a bestseller, selling 350,000 copies, sealing Louys' reputation as a popular author of erotic literature.Set in Ptolemaic Alexandria, at a much later date than Bilitis, Aphrodite is as much a love story as a crime story. Louys' decadent, sensual vision of Egypt in classical times is a jeweled setting for a story of transgressive love. The sculptor Demetrios, the favorite of Queen Berenice, falls for a well-to-do courtesan, Chrysis. Much of the story is set in the world of the courtesans, a realm of beauty, luxury, sapphic indulgence, and some dark shadows as well. (Quote from sacred-texts.com)About the AuthorPierre Louys (1870 - 1925)Pierre Louys (December 10, 1870 - June 6, 1925) was a French poet and Romantic writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection. Pierre Louys was born Pierre Louis on December 10, 1870 in Ghent, Belgium, but moved to France where he would spend the rest of his life. He studied at the Ecole Alsacienne in Paris, and there he developed a close friendship with a future Nobel Prize winner and champion of homosexual rights, Andre Gide. In the 1890s, he became a friend of the noted English dramatist and homosexual, Oscar Wilde. Although heterosexual, Louys enjoyed entree into homosexual circles.Louys started writing his first erotic texts at the age of 18, at which point he developed an interest in the Parnassian and Symbolist schools of writing.In 1891, Louys helped found a literary review, La Conque, where he proceeded to publish Astarte- an early collection of erotic verse already
Comments: (6)
JoJolar
This is not a "romance" as in our modern terminology, in fact, it is anything but romantic. The setting - ancient Alexandria - is a society that prizes physical love, wit, and wealth. The protagonists, a courtesan and a sculptor, are the ultimate in physical perfection. He is famous for his art, is the queen's lover, and is sought after by women. He is the rock star of his day. He has it all, but feels bored, trapped, and empty. She is famous for her skills and the wealth, social standing, and power they bring her. Her world revolves around her vanity. When they meet, high drama, narrated calmly by the author, follows. The description of the society is as interesting as the plot itself. The story is highly erotic but not explicit. This book was banned by US Customs for several years as it seemed to advocate the pursuit of sensuality. It does so only in portraying the consequences of worshiping sensuality in a void of other values. The author's descriptions of light throughout - the colors and shades of sunrise, sunset, the sun, and the moon - present a pallet of contrast to the glittering but hard characters.
Shem
The translation of this book was done do beautifully.
JoJogar
I like Pierre Louys's stories but this book came to me with turned up covers that make it difficult to read. There is nothing wrong with the story; there is much wrong with the condition od this book.
Silverbrew
Originally published in France in 1896, the English translation to get is the one by Louis Golomb, published by Lancer Books in 1962. In the preface the Lancer publishers give themselves accolades for being the first and only publisher to release a totally uncensored English edition of the classic - all previous translations, they claim, obfuscated the book's more "licentious" qualities. Not so here - Golomb's translation leaves nothing to the imagination, making the book seem like a wonderful slice of that forgotten sixties trash fiction genre of "toga porn."

The novel is better than it has any right to be. Despite its being over a hundred years old, it's still well beyond most historical fiction of today - it's not a bunch of Christian glurge, there are no "detectives in togas," and there's no poorly-written military fiction. It is an exquisitely told tale with interesting and human characters that sings with a poetry seemingly cut whole cloth from Antiquity itself. Not surprising, as Louys' chief claim to fame these days is actually fooling the establishment of his time that he'd discovered a heretofore forgotten collection of ancient Greek poetry by a disciple of Sappho - "The Songs of Bilitis," which he published a French "translation" of in 1894. Turns out these poems were in fact created and written by Louys himself, but the hoax perpetuated for many years.

Aphrodite takes place in Ptolemaic Alexandria, during the climax of the Hellenistic Age. It details the star-crossed love story of uber-beautiful courtesan Chrysis and the terminally-bored but uber-handsome sculptor Demetrios. Well, this love story's not exactly "star-crossed." In fact it's downright twisted. Chrysis actually spurns Demetrios, a man who can have any woman he wants; instead, she demands he accomplish three tasks before she will give herself to him. These tasks embroil Demetrios in thievery, sacrilege, and murder, eventually ruining the lives of just about everyone.

A compact novel, without any of the padding historical fiction usually suffers from. You can find earlier English translations for free on the Web, but I'd recommend you seek out this edition, which, again, is faithfully rendered into English, no holds barred.
Mildorah
The prose is exquisite, the imagery sumptuous, an all around delightful reading experience. This book brings to life the erotic poetry of the courtesan's life, creating a subtle throbbing innuendo of sexual delight with every well-crafted word and image. The lesbian wedding ceremony should be the gold standard for centuries to come, so pay attention here, ladies!
KiddenDan
I'm so glad to have found this book with it's beautiful artwork and mature themes. Very well crafted material! --Matt (editor)
eBooks Related to Aphrodite: Ancient Manners (Forgotten Books)
Contacts | Privacy Policy | DMCA
All rights reserved.
lycee-pablo-picasso.fr © 2016-2020