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Olympia Press

The French publisher Maurice Girodias was the founder of the Olympia Press which was responsible for the first publication of a number of literary icons, notably in The Traveler's Companion Series, which was an eclectic mix of erotic, often pornographic texts and avant-garde fiction. Despite considerable threat of censorship in France, Girodias was able to publish writers such as Raymond Queneau, J. P. Donleavy, Samuel Beckett, Lawrence Durell, Vladimir Nabokov, and many others, including, of course, William S. Burroughs.

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