Gershon Legman (1917–1999)

Autor von The Limerick

27+ Werke 1,047 Mitglieder 18 Rezensionen Lieblingsautor von 2 Lesern

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Bildnachweis: photo from The Union Recorder, 1970


Werke von Gershon Legman

The Limerick (1953) — Herausgeber — 540 Exemplare, 11 Rezensionen
More Limericks (1976) 98 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
Oragenitalism (1969) 33 Exemplare, 2 Rezensionen
The Guilt of the Templars (1966) 22 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
The Limerick, Volume 2 (1976) 17 Exemplare
The Limerick, Volume 1 (1976) 16 Exemplare
The Art of Mahlon Blaine (1982) 11 Exemplare
Neurotica — Herausgeber — 3 Exemplare
The intimate kiss (Paperback Library) (1971) 3 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
Mooncalf (2017) 2 Exemplare
World I Never Made (2017) 2 Exemplare
Chansons de salle de garde (1972) 2 Exemplare
Musick to My Sorrow (2018) 1 Exemplar

Zugehörige Werke

Mein geheimes Leben (1888) — Einführung, einige Ausgaben283 Exemplare, 9 Rezensionen
My Secret Life (1966) — Editor/Introduction, einige Ausgaben91 Exemplare
Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (2004) — Mitwirkender — 71 Exemplare
Erotische Märchen aus Russland (1977) — Einführung, einige Ausgaben63 Exemplare, 1 Rezension
The Best of Maledicta (1987) — Mitwirkender — 39 Exemplare
The Language and Sexuality Reader (2006) — Mitwirkender — 12 Exemplare
My Secret Life (Volumes I-VI) (1966) — Herausgeber, einige Ausgaben8 Exemplare
The Mammoth Cod, and Address to the Stomach Club (1976) — Einführung — 6 Exemplare
American Aphrodite (Volume Three, Number Nine) (1953) — Mitwirkender — 2 Exemplare
Bibliography of Prohibited Books, Vols. 1-3 (1962) — Einführung, einige Ausgaben1 Exemplar



Gebräuchlichste Namensform
Legman, G.
Rechtmäßiger Name
Legman, Gershon
Andere Namen
Legman, George
de la Glannège, Roger-Maxe
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Opio, Bar-sur-Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, France
complications of a stroke
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
La Jolla, California, USA
La Clé des Champs, Valbonne, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azûr, France
University of Michigan
cultural critic
University of California, San Diego (writer in residence, 1964-1965)
Gershon Legman (1917-1999) was an American cultural critic and folklorist, best known for his books The Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1968) and The Horn Book: Studies in Erotic Folklore and Bibliography (1964).

Born in 1917 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Legman was the son of Emil and Julia Friedman Legman, both of Hungarian-Jewish descent. He was educated at Scranton's Central High School, where journalist Jane Jacobs and screenwriter and film director Cy Endfield were classmates. He enrolled in the University of Michigan for one semester in the fall of 1935, but left without sitting for his exams. He then settled in New York City where for a number of years he was a part-time freelance assistant to the physician and sexological researcher Robert Latou Dickinson at the New York Academy of Medicine while simultaneously working in the bookshop of Jacob Brussel, where a brisk business was done in publishing and selling contraband erotica. He also spent long hours at the New York Public Library acquiring an autodidactic education. In the late 1940s he became the editor of the little magazine Neurotica.

Throughout his career Legman was an independent scholar without institutional affiliation, except for one year during 1964-1965 when he was a writer in residence at the University of California, San Diego, in the first year of the new campus' undergraduate programs. He pioneered the serious academic study of erotic and taboo materials in folklore.

(source: Wikipedia)



From a Hudson's Bay Company department store around 1971.
sfj2 | Jul 10, 2024 |
1700 very naughty limericks. You wouldn’t want to know about a more complete collection.
Fiddleback_ | 10 weitere Rezensionen | May 28, 2024 |
What a vile, depraved, offensive, WONDERFUL volume. Gershon Legman was a fascinating and eccentric individual of the 20th century, obsessed with sex but also determined to bring America out of its needlessly repressed ways. (And also apparently a key contributor in bringing the origami fad to the Western world... Go figure.) This book was famously published in France rather than the US when Legman couldn't find a publisher, and because of this, he found himself without any copyright over the volume.

There are many variations on this publication, as a result, but my Panther edition collects 1700 limericks in two volumes. The first volume includes a decent introductory essay on the history of the poetic form, and the second volume contains a short "rhyming dictionary" at the end. Both volumes give extensive (and often dirty) notes on the limericks.

Every possible topic is covered - from incest and coprophilia to necrophilia and prostitution. If you're in any way offended by things, this may not be for you, and truthfully I hope no-one is completely comfortable with all 1700 poems herein! But the importance of Legman's work was just as much to challenge our assumptions, to make us - and particularly Americans - aware that their society's repression wasn't necessarily natural, that the "dirtiness" of 5-line poems was a completely legitimate way of enjoying oneself. Most interestingly in his inroduction, Legman comments that limericks are much more popular amongst the highly-educated. He suggests that the ornate fringes of the poetry, the inter-rhymes, the deceptively innocent opening lines, they all attract people more subtly attuned to the nuances of the joke, while the slight pretention makes them less attractive to people for whom dirty jokes alone are attractive. I think there's also the fact that, because limericks can be so depraved, they require a mind who can enjoy the joke without necessarily endorsing the sentiment in real life. If this cheeky volume is evidence, it's well worth it.
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therebelprince | 10 weitere Rezensionen | Apr 21, 2024 |
Rockyherc | 1 weitere Rezension | Feb 25, 2022 |


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