From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Eric Losfeld (1922 - 1979) was a 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). 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."
He was the publisher of the soft porn novel Emmanuelle (1967).
His daugher, Joëlle Losfeld runs her own publishing imprint.
"Tout ce qu'il éditait avait le souffle de la liberté." Inscription on Eric Losfeld's tombstone.