Andrew Lesk reviews A Gentleman of Pleasure and John Glassco and the Other Montreal:
It is nothing less than thrilling—if I may use a word not often associated with Canadian literature—to have two excellent works on (and by) John Glassco appearing in the same year. Is this the (or, another) beginning of a Glassco revival? Let’s hope so. Brian Busby’s remarkably complete and very readable biography of a somewhat idiosyncratic man of letters brings to the fore Glassco’s many talents, on display not only in his celebrated (and notorious) Memoirs of Montparnasse but also for his less well-known (but equally important) work in the fields of poetry, translation, and pornography. Alongside Busby’s handsomely presented volume, Carmine Starnino focuses on selections of Glassco’s poetic works, which he prefaces with a brilliant and concise introductory essay. For the reader new to Glassco—and to those unfamiliar with his other work—the two books will definitely reward and delight.The entire review can be found here.