From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 1) "Le Tour des Morts." 11 pages on 9 sheets, 4to, graph paper, the first nine 9 pages in ink on rectos, 2 pages in pencil on versos of last two sheets, signed in ink "Jean Lorrain" at end. Extensive working manuscript, corrected throughout. 2) "Les Nous d'Enilde". 24 pages, folio, approximately 700 lines, the lengthy poem in three sections, with manuscript corrections throughout. Provenance: acquired from Jenkins, 1981. Item #409711
Jean Lorrain (born Paul Alexandre Martin Duval) was an openly homosexual French poet and novelist of the Symbolist school. As Sarah Bernhardt once wrote Lorrain, "inside the abominably depraved being that you are, there beats the heart of a great artist, a genuinely sensitive and tender heart."