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Le Fere, Francois (pseudonym of Frank Stiles Le Fevre)
Hammed" A Tale of the Crusades. Arranged from the Memoirs of a Warrior-Monk.
1908. Le Fere, Francois (pseudonym of Frank Stiles Le Fevre). "Hammed" A Tale of the Crusades. Arranged from the Memoirs of a Warrior-Monk. N.p.: n.p., [1908]. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 314 [315-316: blank]. Original blue-gray pictorial cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold. Light wear to spine ends and rubbing to corner tips, some dust-soling to front cover, hairline crack to rear inner hinge discreetly repaired, a good to very good copy, internally clean. A rare book. #1678. $750. This remarkable work is a historical novel set in 14th-century Palestine and France, but beneath that lurks a unique Gothic extravaganza whose central theme is sex in a wide variety of manifestations: rapine, voyeuristic, incestuous, adulterous, premarital, polygamous, polyandrous, lesbian, clerical, as well as spoken, written and imagined versions of all these -- not to mention those things often associated with sex: lust, passion, love, affection, generosity, jealousy and marriage. Most remarkably, however, the result is not pornography. This is a serious novel with an intricate and well-constructed plot; a good feel for the spirit of its medieval setting; a heavy, rhythmic diction; rounded characters; and thematic attitudes that are unusual for its time, if not for this one as well. There are no anatomical close-ups here, nor any of the flouncing diction of Victorian pornography. The author's intention is clearly to depict the sexual excitement of the characters rather than to arouse that of the readers. Still, it is evident that any publisher of this book would ha … [Click Below for Full Description]
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