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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Greenleaf Publishing was a United States publishing house founded by William Hamling. Robert Bonfils was the art director and Earl Kemp at one time edited the Greenleaf Classics imprint.


The history of Greenleaf began in 1959 with a meeting between Robert Silverberg and Harlan Ellison. Silverberg conceived a plan for struggling writers and convinced Ellison to pitch the outline to William Hamling. Nightstand Books resulted from this.

In 1965, the Greenleaf Classics imprint was started to re-issue the works of erotica first published in Europe (primarily by Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press) -- which had fallen into the public domain through international copyright problems. While Greenleaf Classics focused on re-printing these Olympia texts, they also commissioned new works of contemporary erotica by authors such as Thomas Ramirez.

The whole story is told in "Have Typewriter, Will Whore For Food…" by Earl Kemp in eI2, April 2002. The history of the publisher ended when Earl Kemp published the illustrated version of the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography.

Selected bibliography

See also

American erotica*Redrup v. New York

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