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The Gaudy Image
The Gaudy Image

The Gaudy Image


252 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: July 2021

ISBN 9781916129238

Rights: US & CA

Muswell Press (Jul 2021)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: July 2021


Originally published in Paris by the legendary Olympia Press in 1958 to avoid US and UK obscenity laws, this classic of gay fiction is available in a new edition for the first time in 30 years

Originally published in Europe in the 1950s to avoid prosecution for obscenity, The Gaudy Image is one of the most important "lost" gay novels. Set in New Orleans and featuring a colorful cast of louche but lovable characters, the story follows Titania aka Thomas Schwartz through the backstreets, bars and club of the French Quarter in search of the perfect lover—the Gaudy Image. This beautifully written story is both elegant and caustically humorous, erotic and sympathetic.

Author Biography

William Talsman was the pseudonym of James M. Smith, a US writer and poet.