A stash of explicit pornography to which Franz Kafka subscribed has emerged for the first time after being studiously ignored by scholars anxious to preserve the iconic writer’s saintly image. Having stumbled by chance across copies in the British Library in London and the Bodleian in Oxford while doing unrelated research, James Hawes, the academic and Kafka expert, reveals some of this erotic material in Excavating Kafka, to be published this month. His book seeks to explode important myths surrounding the literary icon, a “quasi-saintly” image which hardly fits with the dark and shocking pictures contained in these banned journals.
Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world. They served in an international spy ring managed by the , an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.
The missives, which date from 1812 to 1814, show the ardour of Lord Byron’s fans, some of whom laced them with daring sexual undertones and breathless fantasies.Despite many of the writers urging him to destroy the mail immediately after reading, it is clear he preferred to collect them as “trophies”.
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