Gautier expurgation

Gordon Neavill aa3401 at
Sat Jul 5 11:17:23 EDT 2003

The ML edition of Gautier's Mademoiselle de Maupin published in 1918 was
bowdlerized.  The ML used the translation first published in London by
Vizetelly & Co. in 1887.  Following the sentence in chatper 16, "He took up
the fair one in his arms and bore her to the couch", the Vizetelly edition
prints three lines of asterisks.  Each line of asterisks represents an
omitted paragraph.  ML printings included the three lines of asterisks until
1935, when "One of Cleopatra's Nights" was added to the ML edition.  By
then, the recent Ulysses decision had opened the door to more explicit
descriptions of sex in literary works, and Cerf and Klopfer commissioned a
translation of the omitted paragraphs.  The new content appears on pp.
289-90 of Mademoiselle de Maupin & One of Cleopatra's Nights.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lewis Tanner" <take5 at>
To: <modlib at>
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: Modern Library

> I have Gogol's Dead Souls, #40 in the ML series, (c)1923 by Mrs. Edward
> Garnett [translator], introduction by Clifford Odets, Jan. 1936,
> introduction (c) 1936 ML. According to the DC it sold for $1.25. It is
> 265 p. According to the half title page, "Every reader of books will
> find titles he has been looking for, handsomely printed, in unabridged
> editions, at an unusually low price." This sentence was
> usually, but not always, included in the half title page.
> Other ML volumes, Joyce's Ulysses, for example,
> exclude the words "in unabridged editions"  but I have always
> assumed that the ML editions were complete and unabridged
> unless the half title page stated otherwise. That Clarissa was
> abridged comes as no shock to me. How many people today would want to
> read a novel of over 1,000 pages unless forced to do so for an English
> Lit class? I also think that it is very stupid and misleading to publish
> abridged version without printing in large, bold letters, ABRIDGED, on
> the DC and half title page. (I can't stand abridged or bowdlerized books
> never buy them.) lewis
> p.s. The ML published Gulliver's Travels complete and unabridged while
> most other publishers were abridging it e.g. removing the section where
> Gulliver puts out a fire by  urinating on it. I guess that some of these
> publishers wanted to sell GT to parents and schools and were afraid
> that printing the complete text would upset the parents of the
> little kiddies as well as causing some idiots to demand that the
> libraries remove the book from their shelves. lt
> JOSEPH HILL wrote:
> >
> > Just one thing,the ML did publish abridged editions,Samuel
> > Richardsion's Clarissa for one. Also,we have a Dead Souls published in
> > 1936,265Pps. A new translation in 1965,of 544Pps.
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