This painting was first published as half of the cover for Mademoiselle De Maupin by Theophile Gautier (1953)
A Rake’s Search for a Perfect Bed-Mate!
Its second publication, in its present state after minor alterations (the man coming from behind the curtain is gone), was for the novel, Adam and Two Eves by Anonymous (1956)
Unnatural Affection — Or Perverted Hate? The Young Widow Had to Choose Between Them…
A Novel That Speaks Out Boldly On A Taboo Subject
From the back:
Often whispered about—but rarely spoken of aloud—the startling theme of this story concerns Carroll, a pretty young widow. She is taken into the household of a friendly couple, only to find that her caresses are sought not only by the husband—but by his wife … Should warm, lovely Carroll be condemned for yielding both to the love of a married man, and the equally ardent embraces of a voluptuous though twisted woman? The answer is not simple. True, Carroll responds to their needs, yet it is a haunted, tortured experience . . . despite its warped delights, its moments of almost unearthly bliss. Perhaps she is more to be pitied than condemned. For the whole point of this bitterly true novel is that pretty Carroll is the seduced rather than the seducer—the sinned against, rather than the sinner … entirely too attractive for her own good.
Out of her own experience, the anonymous author tears the curtain from one of the gravest threats to modern social morality—the strange love practices trapping unwary girls today, particularly in our larger cities!
If She Wasn’t A Tramp, Why Did She Behave Like One?
Ann Mitchel Was Married To A Brute Who Preferred Beating Her To Loving Her
No Sin Too Awful, No Vice Too Cruel…
Night Life As It Really Is — Stripped Of Glamor, Sodden With Sex, Feeding On Naked Desire…
From the back:
THE VELVET LASH!
Maybe Iris Roland was a good enough kid when she started out. But she was too long in the leg and too tempting in the hip not to attract lust-ridden Harry Gertz and his sadistic sidekick, Vittorio. Installed as hat check girl in one of their supper clubs, she learned from them all about the cruelty and abuse that human flesh is heir to—especially womanflesh So no longer was. Iris good. In fact, she was all bad, as Harry’s successors found out. Having acquired her carnal knowledge the hard way, she could not resist putting it to use—even when this meant lending her body to the pleasures of another girl, the lovely but dissolute Grace Hastings.
Iris thrilled to the mad and moneyed whirl of strange loves, strange lovers. But by this time she had becomes far too wild and twisted. Now she directed her vicious cruelties not only at others, but even at herself .
A POWERFUL INDICTMENT OF SEX WITHOUT LOVE
Life A Bit Dull? Then Have Yourself A Ball! When Magicians Hold A Convention It’s A — Black Magic Holiday
My Husband Won’t Love Me — Will You?