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Roy Melisander Johnson Erotic Typescripts

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Collection Overview

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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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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