Maurice Girodias

1919 (Paris) – 1990 (Paris)

Publisher prepared to take risks. Girodias employed Trocchi, Logue and others to write erotica under various noms de plume. Southern had already been published by Girodias, and with Corso persuaded him to take on Burroughs’ ‘Naked Lunch.’ Bataille, Beckett, Nabokov and Donleavy all had work published by him; Nabokov was the only author to make him a lot of money, while Donleavy had a running battle with him over the rights to ‘The Ginger Man’, and when Girodias went bankrupt, acquired the remnants of his business. Calder liked him but said he’d never met anyone so complicated.