A bestselling author in his time, Pierre Louys (1870-1925) was a friend of, and influence on, Andre Gide, Paul Valery, Oscar Wilde and Stephane Mallarme among others. He achieved instant notoriety with qAphroditeq and qThe Songs of Bilitis, q but it was only after his death that Louys' true legacy was to be discovered: nearly 900 pounds of erotic manuscripts were found in his home, all of them immediately scattered among collectors and many subsequently lost. Since then, it has become clear that Louys is the greatest French writer of erotica there ever was. qThe Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners qwas the first of his erotic manuscripts to see publication, and it also remains his most outrageous-an erotic classic in which humor takes precedence over arousal. By means of shockingly filthy advice-ostensibly offered qfor use in educational establishmentsq-couched in a hilariously parodic admonitory tone, Louys turns late-nineteenth-century manners roundly on their head, with ass prominently skyward. Whether offering rules for etiquette in church, school or home, or outlining a girl's duties toward family, neighbor or God, Louys manages to mock every institution and leave no taboo unsullied. qThe Young Girl's Handbook of Good Mannersq has only grown more scandalous and subversive since its first appearance in 1926.aquot;The Young Girla#39;s Handbook of Good Mannersaquot; has only grown more scandalous and subversive since its first appearance in 1926.
|Title||:||The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners|
|Author||:||Pierre Louÿs, Geoffrey Longnecker|