A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press


October 1st, 2007

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This remarkable book details the work of one of the most extraordinary publishing enterprises in history. Censor-baiting, provocative, simultaneous publisher of the literary elite and of ‘dirty books’, Jack Kahane’s Obelisk Press published Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Durrell, D. H. Lawrence, and James Joyce among others. At the same time Kahane subsidised his literary endeavours with cheap erotica and trash fiction from long-forgotten eccentrics such as New York Daily News’ Rome correspondent and self-styled ‘Marco Polo of Sex’ N. Reynolds Packard. Kahane’s business model was simple: if a book was banned in the UK and US it could be profitably published in Paris. Here, for the first time, Neil Pearson has pulled together the incendiary story of Obelisk, including biographies of Kahane and his major and minor authors, and a bibliography of Obelisk books. This beautifully written volume – part cultural history, part reference book – will be required reading for anyone interested in controversial writing, censorship, 1920s Paris, publishing history and authors such as Miller, Joyce and Nin.


Author Information

Neil Pearson is a television, stage and film actor. Film and tv credits include Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and the award winning comedy Drop the Dead Donkey. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Key to Refernce Works14
A Very British Pornographer: The Life of Jack Kahane15
Bibliography of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press91
A Items: Books Published by Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press91
B Items: Ephemera of the Obelisk Press283
C Items: The Plays, Novels, Short Fiction and Non-Fiction of Jack Kahane293
D Items: Translations by Jack Kahane321
Author Biographies327
Picture Credits503
Works Consulted504
Index of Obelisk Authors507