From Une semaine de Bonté (“A Week of Kindness”) or The Seven Deadly Elements
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Une semaine de Bonté (“A Week of Kindness”) is a graphic novel and artist’s book by Max Ernst, first published in 1934. It comprises 182 images created by cutting up and re-organizing illustrations from Victorian encyclopedias and novels.
According to historian Allan Berube, “Jeanne Bonnet grew up in San Francisco as a tomboy and in the 1870’s, in her early twenties, was arrested dozens of times for wearing male attire. She visited local brothels as a male customer, and eventually organized French prostitutes in San Francisco into an all-woman gang whose members swore off prostitution, had nothing to do with men and supported themselves by shoplifting. She traveled with a special friend, Blanche Buneau, whom the newspapers described as ‘strangely and powerfully attached’ to Jeanne. Her success at separating prostitutes from their pimps led to her murder in 1876.”
Witt, Lynn, Sherry Thomas, and Eric Marcus. Out in All Directions: the Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner, 1995. p175)
Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way, 1913. Corrected sheets. Fixing the title. About the first sentence. Correcting the good night kiss.
After being declined by three publishers, Proust signed a contract with Grasset to publish the book at the author’s expense. He soon began to receive galley sheets, which he heavily edited. The bibliotheque National de France offers a video and album of images to take a closer look: here.