Welcome to this cyberplace, set up as a space for news and reviews of A Gentleman of Pleasure and occasional jottings about John Glassco. Five years have now passed since publication, and I've moved on to other projects, but I'm leaving this up with the thought that those drawn to Glassco's writing will find something of interest.

16 January 2011

Immoral or Indecent

The current issue of Canadian Notes and Queries features my piece on The Temple of Pederasty, an accomplished bit of hoaxery that Glassco attributed to the non-existent "Dr Hideki Okada". Published in 1970, Canadian customs agents deemed the work "immoral or indecent" – seems they couldn't be more specific – preventing its sale in the author's home and native land.

"GRAPHICALLY ILLUSTRATED" by the late Philip Core, it's held by Library and Archives Canada and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of McGill University Library.

Since penning the CNQ piece, I've learned that The Temple of Pederasty is being sold as a download – sans permission – by an online bookseller. I will not be providing a link.

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