The Pantomime Book
The Only Known Collection of Pantomime Jokes and Sketches in Captivity
After a first chapter of one liners, Paul Harris presents the scripts of more than 40 pantomime sketches and gags and introduces them with notes on history (some of them are very old, but still evolving), theatrical anecdotes and tips on props and performance.
A Book of Nonsense
The Centenary Edition
‘I cannot give the reasons, / I only sing the tunes: / the sadness of the seasons, / The madness of the moons.’ Magical, macabre and brilliantly off-beat, the creator of Gormenghast’s nonsense verse features a gallery of bizarre creatures such as the Dwarf of Battersea and Aunty Mig who became a pig. This centenary edition includes twelve previously unpublished drawings and a foreword by the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.
I Live Under a Black Sun
Although it takes its inspiration from the life and correspondence of Jonathan Swift, Sitwell's novel is set during and after the First World War. It follows Jonathan Hare, a writer and misogynist - much like Swift himself - through his tragic relationships with two women, also based on real people in Swift's life. Described by Evelyn Waugh as 'like a magnesium flame in a cavern' when it was published in 1937, this was Sitwell's only novel.
From A Journal of Love
Spanning October 1932 to November 1934, this is the unexpurgated diary of Anaïs Nin in which she deals openly with her various sexual relationships and their complex psychological consequences. A remarkable record of erotic freedom, the Journal describes Nin's incestuous relationship (now disputed by scholars) with her father, the pianist Joachin Nin, affairs with the writer Antonin Artaud and two analysts, and serious infatuations with her cousins, one of them a girl.