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Éric Losfeld (Mouscron, 1922 - Paris, 1979) was a Belgian-born French publisher who had a reputation for publishing controversial material with his publishing imprints Éditions Arcanes (founded 1952) and Éditions Le Terrain Vague (founded 1955).

He was the publisher of Emmanuelle (1967), two film magazines (Midi Minuit Fantastique and Positif), and the Barbarella science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest.

Éric Losfeld's tombstone inscription reads: "Tout ce qu'il éditait avait le souffle de la liberté." ("Everything he published had the breath of freedom.")

A rival clandestine French editor was Jean-Jacques Pauvert. The difference between them was -- in the words of Sarane Alexandrian: "Jean-Jacques Pauvert was an editor of surrealism, Losfeld was a surrealist editor."

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Similar publishers

März Verlag in Germany and Calder and Boyars in the United Kingdom.

Erotica

He was the publisher of the soft porn novel Emmanuelle (1967).

Film criticism

He was the publisher of two film magazines (Midi Minuit Fantastique; Positif) and the essays of Ado Kyrou.

Other periodicals

Bizarre was an arts magazine first published by Eric Losfeld in 1953 and then handed over to Pauvert after the former had edited only two issues.

Literary fiction

On the literary side he published the work of Roland Topor, Fernando Arrabal, Eugène Ionesco ...

Comic books

He published the Barbarella science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest.

Joëlle Losfeld

His daugher, Joëlle Losfeld runs her own publishing imprint.

Epitaph

"Tout ce qu'il éditait avait le souffle de la liberté." Inscription on Eric Losfeld's tombstone.

Autobiography




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