A Gentleman of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco, Poet, Memoirist, Translator, and Pornographer

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 14, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 398 pages
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A Gentleman of Pleasure not only spans Glassco's life but delves into his background as a member of a once prominent and powerful Montreal family. In addition to Glassco's readily available work, Brian Busby draws on pseudonymous writings published as a McGill student as well as unpublished and previously unknown poems, letters, and journal entries to detail a vibrant life while pulling back the curtain on Glassco's sexuality and unconventional tastes. In a lively account of a man given to deception, who took delight in hoaxes, Busby manages to substantiate many of the often unreliable statements Glassco made about his life and work. A Gentleman of Pleasure is a remarkable biography that captures the knowable truth about a fascinatingly complex and secretive man.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
19091928
8
19281931
43
19311938
79
19381947
101
19481957
127
19571961
148
19611966
173
19731981
268
Coda
299
Extract from an Autobiography
301
Acknowledgments
313
Notes
317
Bibliography
365
Credits
377
Index
379

19671969
207
19701973
227

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About the author (2011)

Brian Busby is an independent scholar and the author of several books, including Character Parts: Who's Really Who in CanLit.

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