Three Naughty French Novels Author:Alfred de Musset, Guillaume Apollinaire, Pierce Louys Three novels by three French writers. — Do poets write the best porn? That's one theory, which is why we gather together these three naughty novels by three poets. To make it even better these are French poets, so the works are guaranteed to have that extra je ne sais quoi. The first poet represented in our collection, the handsome and tortured ... more »Alfred de Musset(1810-57) had a bustling literary career at 23 when he met up with older woman George Sand. It was downhill from there for him, but perhaps he found some revenge with Gamiani, which purportedly reveals Sand's sexual history. The fascinating yet little-known Gamiani describes two nights of pleasure undertaken by a man and two women; de Musset's famous wit and style adorn not only the book's fleshy antics but it's rich description of the era in which he lived.
Sophisticated Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who knew everyone in Paris--France was his adopted country-- probably wrote The Debauched Hospodar, described by Julian Barnes as "an honest, spirited porn job," for the pure fun of it. Apollinaire unfurls the picaresque adventures of a madcap Roumanian prince who is called from his amourous sack of Paris to serve Imperial Russia against Japan. As we follow our young prince, Mony Vibescu, along his journey to war he encounters many loose women (and men).
And Pierre Louys (1870-1925) characterized as a "charming tyrant" by his friend Paul Valery, was said to feel disheartened at his reputation as a writer of "things of the flesh"; he might feel better if he knew that Susan Sontag has called his novel Mother's Three Daughters on of the few erotic works that she also considers literature. It is the story of three extraordinary nymphets and their lubricious mother, who has initiated her daughters into the art of eroticism at an age when most girls are learning spelling and geography, and their handsome twenty-year-old neighbor, who can hardly believe his good fortune.« less