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Roy Melisander Johnson Erotic Typescripts

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Title: Roy Melisander Johnson Erotic Typescripts, 1830-2012Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1920s-1940s

ID: 1/5/MSS 201

Primary Creator: Johnson, Roy Melisander (1881-1960)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in the order in which it was originally bound.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2017

Subjects: Barker, George, 1913-1991, Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970, Durrell, Lawrence, Erotic stories, McMurtry, Larry, Miller, Henry, 1891-1980, Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection of nearly 1200 typescript pages of erotica, encompassing 82 original and classic stories, poems, songs, and jokes, was assembled by Ardmore, Oklahoma, oil man Roy Melisander Johnson (1881-1960). Copies of previously published stories mingle with uncredited original stories commissioned by Johnson from modernist authors such as Caress Crosby, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin.

Biographical Note

A respected and prominent Ardmore, Oklahoma, oil man, Roy Melisander Johnson was born in 1881 and raised in Wisconsin. After graduating from Union College in 1899, he became a linotype operator in Beaumont, Texas. In 1907, he moved to Ardmore, Oklahoma and founded a newspaper, The Ardmore Statesman, then made his fortune by leasing land and contracting with drillers when the Healdton Oil Field was discovered. He left the newspaper to become president of the Healdton Petroleum Company in 1915. He later served as the director of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and served various civic organizations in addition to becoming the deacon of his church.

Secretly, Johnson was also assembling an extensive collection of erotica. Networking with agents nationwide, he contracted with modernist writers to provide him with stories, including copies and originals. Although the stories were unsigned and thus difficult to attribute, the writers included Caresse Crosby, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Durrell, George Barker, Virginia Admiral, Robert DeNiro, Sr., Gene Fowler, and Clement Wood, among others. Three writers who admitted writing for Johnson are Bernard Wolfe, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin.

Subject/Index Terms

Barker, George, 1913-1991
Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970
Durrell, Lawrence
Erotic stories
McMurtry, Larry
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Preferred Citation: [Item], Roy Melisander Johnson Erotic Typescripts, 1830-2012, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Collection description, circa 2017Add to your cart.
Description and history of the collection created by bookseller Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc.
Folder 2: Letter from Larry McMurtry, July 2, 2012Add to your cart.
Typewritten note from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and bookseller Larry McMurtry recounting the story of Roy Melisander Johnson, mistakenly attributing Johnson's origin to Tulsa, Oklahoma. After growing up in Wisconsin, Johnson worked as a linotype operator in Beaumont, Texas, before founding The Ardmore Statesman newspaper in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in 1907, and capitalizing on the discovery of the Healdton Oil Field. The paper is embossed with a bull head symbol. McMurtry is known particularly for film adaptations of his works, including Hud, The Last Picture Show, and the Lonesome Dove series. With Diana Ossana, he won both the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain. In his Golden Globe acceptance speech, he praised his vintage Hermes 3000 typewriter.
Folder 3: List of contentsAdd to your cart.
List of collection contents handwritten in pencil on a piece of typing paper and two pieces of letterhead from Booked Up in Washington, D.C.
Folder 4: Erotic Contrivances: Appliances attached to or used in place of the sexual organs, 1922Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of a work originally published in London in 1922 by Henry Nathan Cary.
Folder 5: Alphabet, 1928Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of naughty rhyming couplets originally published by Blue Grass, Kentucky, in Cleopatra's Scrapbook 51 B.C.
Folder 6: The Bagnio Miscellany, 1830Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of three stories published in 1830: "The Love Adventures of Miss Lais Lovecock [Written by Herself]"; "Dialogues between a Jew and a Christian", and "The Force of Instinct (A True Story)".
Folder 7: In the Bain des RosesAdd to your cart.
Typescript copy of a 24 page story.
Folder 8: The Bridal Night of an Empress, circa 1940Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of a story dated by the Kinsey Institute to 1940.
Folder 9: The Canonization of Joan of Arc, 1890Add to your cart.
According to the Christopher Rivers introduction to the 2002 edition of Mademoiselle Giraud, My Wife, this is a typescript copy of a story written by Adolphe Belot in 1890 under the pseudonym "A. B."
Folder 10: The Carnival of Venus and Satyr, [1910]Add to your cart.
A final note states: "This series comprises: A Passionate Widow, The Golden Member, and The Carnival of Venus and Satyr." The Berlin State Library dates their copy to 1910.
Folder 11: The Court Martial of Miss Fanny Hayward by Ex-Infantry Captain, 1899Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of a story privately printed by Librarie Des Bibliophiles in 1899.
Folder 12: Now I'll Tell OneAdd to your cart.
Two pages of dirty jokes.
Folder 13: The Diary of a French Stenographer, 1927Add to your cart.
Typescript copies of variations on an epic naughty poem. The first states: "Translated by C. A. Hetzie. 18 Rue La Jacob. Paris, France. 1927. This Edition Limited to Five-hundred Copies". The second copy is corrected by hand. The third copy is a variation titled, "The Same Stenographer Again". Like the first two copies, the fourth copy is titled "The Diary of a French Stenographer".
Folder 14: D'Lacio's AnnecdotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Enchanting Villa PanchaAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: The French CrisisAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Immortalia (erotic poetry), 1880s-1930sAdd to your cart.
Typescript copy of poems and songs, many of which were privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 1: Love's Revenge or The Confessions of a French StenographerAdd to your cart.
Item 2: The Three Old WhoresAdd to your cart.
Traditional rugby song also known as The Three Old Whores of Canada.
Item 3: The Harlot of JerusalemAdd to your cart.
Traditional rugby song.
Item 4: Lydia PinkhamAdd to your cart.
Traditional rugby song.
Item 5: LuluAdd to your cart.
Traditional rugby song.
Item 6: When I Was Young and Handsome, 1927Add to your cart.
Bawdy song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 7: Columbo, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 8: The Bastard King of England, 1927Add to your cart.
Often misattributed to famous authors, this bawdy English folksong was privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 9: The Fisherman, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 10: Belshazzar, 1930Add to your cart.
Bawdy song printed in Lyra Ebriosa in Virginia in 1930.
Item 11: Lady Lill, 1930Add to your cart.
Bawdy song printed in Lyra Ebriosa in Virginia in 1930.
Item 12: Snapoo!, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 13: Bollocky Bill the Sailor, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 14: Over There, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 15: Yankee Doodle, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 16: No More A-Rovin', 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 17: Hickey Dinkey Parley VousAdd to your cart.
Bawdy World War I song better known as Mademoiselle from Armentieres.
Item 18: I've Traveled This WorldAdd to your cart.
Traditional bawdy song.
Item 19: The Chisholm Trail, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 20: The Hamburg Show, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 21: Ring-Dang-Do, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 22: The Engineer's Song, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 23: A Seventy Year Old Follower, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 24: In Mobile, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 25: The Chippewa RiverAdd to your cart.
Traditional Ozark folksong.
Item 26: The Dancing Girl, 1910s-1920sAdd to your cart.
Lyrics to an undocumented bawdy song presumably written after World War I, given its patriotic nature and references to France.
Item 27: The Jolly Tinker, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 28: The Ballad of Gaffer Hepelthwaite, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 29: Pleasures of LifeAdd to your cart.
Unidentified bawdy poem.
Item 30: A Woman's PleasureAdd to your cart.
Unidentified bawdy poem.
Item 31: Heavenly Pleasures, 1906Add to your cart.
Another typescript copy appears in the Jack Horntip Collection dated 1906, titled A Trip to Heaven. See Folder 31.
Item 32: A Rehearsal, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 33: The Miracle, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 34: The Mortal, 1927Add to your cart.
Traditional song privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 35: The Fair Limousin, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem/lyrics by Eugene Field, privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 36: The Plenipotentiary, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem/lyrics by Charles Morris, privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 37: MeditationAdd to your cart.
Unidentified bawdy poem.
Item 38: Venus and the Centaur, 1885Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of a poem originally printed in The Adventures of Lady Harpur in 1885.
Item 39: In Imitation of Robert Herrick on Julia Unlacing Hersel, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem by Eugene Field privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 40: Socratic Love, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem by Eugene Field privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 41: Little Willie, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem by James Whitcomb Riley, privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 42: The Passing of the Backhouse, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem by James Whitcomb Riley, privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 43: Boccaccio, 1896Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of a poem found in Eugene Field's book Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac, published in 1896.
Item 44: The Clink of the Ice, 1905Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of a poem found in Eugene Field's book of the same name, published in 1905.
Item 45: Don't Look at Me That Way Stranger, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 46: Poor Old Dick, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 47: Christmas in the Work'us, 1927Add to your cart.
Poem privately printed in Immortalia in New York in 1927.
Item 48: Love on the Delaware, 1928Add to your cart.
Originally published in Cleopatra's Scrapbook 51 B.C. by Blue Grass in Kentucky in 1928.
Item 49: Bull-Shit, 1928Add to your cart.
Published in The Book of a Thousand Laughs in 1928 under the title B.S.
Item 50: What Is Life without a Man?Add to your cart.
Unidentified bawdy poem.
Item 51: Thank Heavens!, [1908]Add to your cart.
An out-of-place poem about technology published in The Book of a Thousand Laughs in 1928, but found in advertisements for the railway as early as 1908.
Item 52: The Age of ManAdd to your cart.
Unidentified bawdy poem.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Le Convent en Rut, 1899Add to your cart.
First published in 1899 by The Erotica Biblion Society.
Folder 2: Mademoiselle Celestine, 1840sAdd to your cart.
Originally published as part of two volumes in the 1840s, this typescript copy of "Mademoiselle Celestine" is from the first volume of Memoirs of the Life and Voluptuous Adventures of the Celebrated Courtesan or Mademoiselle Celestine of Paris.
Folder 3: Hostelry of 'The Prick', 1840sAdd to your cart.
<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">Originally published as part of two volumes in the 1840s, this typescript copy of "Hostelry of 'The Prick'" is from the first volume of </span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">Memoirs of the Life and Voluptuous Adventures of the Celebrated Courtesan or Mademoiselle Celestine of Paris</em><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">.</span>
Folder 4: Distraction en Voyage, 1840sAdd to your cart.
<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">Originally published as part of two volumes in the 1840s, this typescript copy of "Distraction en Voyage" is from the first volume of </span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">Memoirs of the Life and Voluptuous Adventures of the Celebrated Courtesan or Mademoiselle Celestine of Paris</em><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">.</span>
Folder 5: Tale of the Unsatisfied Bride, 1840sAdd to your cart.
<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">Originally published as part of two volumes in the 1840s, this typescript copy of "Tale of the Unsatisfied Bride" is from the first volume of </span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">Memoirs of the Life and Voluptuous Adventures of the Celebrated Courtesan or Mademoiselle Celestine of Paris</em><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.8108px;">.</span>
Folder 6: The Marchioness's Amorous Pastimes, 1840sAdd to your cart.
Originally published in the 1840s as part of The Marchioness's Amorous Pastimes and Some Other Merry Tales, Volume 2.
Folder 7: The Mysteries of Venus, Kissing, and The Amours of Alibeck and Santon, 1840sAdd to your cart.
Three stories originally published in the 1840s as part of The Marchioness's Amorous Pastimes and Some Other Merry Tales.
Folder 8: The Breaking in of a Country BoyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: The Golden MemberAdd to your cart.
Part of a series along with The Carnival of Venus and Satyr.
Folder 10: The Slave MarketAdd to your cart.
A story about an American woman in Turkey who sells herself in order to get by.
Folder 11: The New Epicurean, 1865Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of two volumes originally written by William Dugdale and first published in 1865: The New Epicurean or The Delights of Sex in Graphic Letters, Addressed to Young Ladies of Quality -- Volume One; andThe New Epicurean or The Delights of Sex. Facetiously and Philosophically Considered in Graphic Letters Addressed to Young Ladies of Quality -- Volume Two.
Folder 12: Rajah Rama or Harpooned in HindustanAdd to your cart.
A story of personal instruction by the learned Rajah.
Folder 13: Randiana or Excitable Tales, 1884Add to your cart.
Typescript copy of two volumes first published in 1884 by William Lazenby.
Folder 14: A Trip to Heaven and A Tramp's Luck, 1906Add to your cart.
This typescript copy of A Trip to Heaven from the Jack Horntip Collection, dated 1906, is the same as the story Heavenly Pleasures, part of Immortalia in Folder 17.

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