Maurice Blanchot papers acquired by Harvard

Houghton Library has acquired the archive of French writer, literary theorist, and philosopher Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) from his daughter, Cidalia Blanchot. Christie McDonald, Smith Professor of French Language and Literature at Harvard University, said, “I am thrilled by Houghton’s acquisition of this important archive.  Scholars will have unprecedented access to material that will give us Read More

The temptation of St. Frusquin

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. Joseph Hémard (1880-1961) was a prolific French artist who, although best known for illustrating novels, lent his humorous touch to a number of unlikely texts. He published several editions of French codes of law with humorous illustrations, for example. His Read More

On the Money

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. This edition of Jules Boissière’s Propos d’un intoxiqué has featured before in this space – see this post for a copy formerly owned by its illustrator, Tsuguharu Foujita. This copy, however, warrants revisiting the title. Every page of this 240-volume book Read More

Demons and devils

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.   Though outnumbered by books on drugs and sexuality, the Santo Domingo Collection’s occult works are nonetheless considerable in number. Featured today are two early works on demonology, one by a French political philosopher and statesman, and the other by Read More

L’Incal

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Julio Santo Domingo collected books across many forms; among them is the graphic novel. Pictured here is one of the great collaborations in French comics: L’Incal, written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Chilean-born French filmmaker, actor, and author, and Read More