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City of Pleasure
City of Pleasure

City of Pleasure

Paris Between the Wars


176 Pages, 7.5 x 9.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $37.95 (US $37.95) (CA $50.95)

Publication Date: August 2019

ISBN 9781912740055

Rights: US, CA & CAR

Korero Press (Aug 2019)

Price: $37.95


A cultural document of the erotic history of Paris, a subject of endless fascination

After the austerity, horror, and bloodshed of World War I, France longed for joy, light-heartedness, and sexual freedom. Men and newly emancipated women alike rejected pre-war values and moral restraints. They embraced new lifestyles, and discovered a lust for extravagance, partying, and erotic experimentation that had the inter-war era known as the Roaring Twenties, or the "mad years," and Paris as the City of Pleasure. In this uncensored and fascinating photographic record of the period, historian Alexandre Dupouy pulls backs the bedcovers on Paris's eye-opening erotic life, revealing the delights of its fetish scene, its licensed brothels and gay nightclubs, the first sex shop chains, erotic photography, pornography, and much more. This is an uncensored, titillating, and utterly fascinating look at the sexual excesses of the inter-war period in what was the world's most decadent city.

Author Biography

Alexandre Dupouy is a bookseller and collector who has been a leading authority on under-the-counter culture for almost 50 years, and has written and contributed to numerous books in his native France. He is the proud owner of the Parisian emporium Larmes d'Éros.