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Good in Good jacket. Stein and Day [Published date: 1969]. Hard cover, 77 pp. First Edition. Illustrations by Erte. Introduction by Michael Holroyd. Good in good dust jacket. Black paper over boards with cream cloth and gold lettering on spine. Light scuffing and soiling along edges and spine. Binding tight. Pages lightly aged but otherwise clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has several 1" or less chips and tears and creasing along the edges. Light to moderate scuffing and aging to jacket as well with a bit of the color scuffed off along the edges. NOT price clipped. Now in an archival quality Brodart cover. NOT Ex-library. NO remainder marks. Lovely black and white illustrations by Erte. [From jacket flaps] Ermyntrude and Esmeralda was written as an exchange of correspondence behween two teenage girls who have pledged themselves to find out all they can about sex, love, and making babies. Their reported discoveries include a passionate love affair between Esmeralda's younger brother and his male tutor ("Will they have babies? If not, why not? "); Ermyntrude's affair with a handsome footman on a staircase; the attempted seduction of Ermyntrude by her governess. By using nursery terms for private parts of the anatomy (bow-wows and pussy cats will never sound the same), Strachey makes all the more ludicrous society's standard reaction of horror to sex and deviation. Wit, irony, exaggeration, melodrama, these were Lytton Strachey's methods in this recently discovered and never before published novella. It is when Strachey is not humorous that the reader should beware of taking him seriously. In Ermyntrude and Esmeralda he is extremely amusing, but he was seeking more than mere enjoyment for his readers; he was seeking sexual enlightenment and toleration in a period that was hostile to the pleasures of the flesh, or at least hypocritical about them.
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