Columbus Dancer

Columbus Dancer

Barry Riedel

A kind of odd work for the Ophelia Press. Relocated by time of publication (1968) to the U.S., Ophelia was about to embark on its most legendary period of much-desired erotica.

However, this particular title, with its eponymous hero portrayed as a comic real estate almost-tycoon who obsesses on his net worth (just shy of a million), mismanages wife and mistress equally, and attracts media attention after accidents and mishaps send him to the hospital, is more a comic effort, on a par with the Traveller's Companion Series, circa '58.

One almost suspects Maurice brought the manuscript with him from Paris (books advertised in the back pages of the original are all Traveller's Companion reprints).

Still, there's a nice moment or two with the ladies, some funny bits inside an Obscene Books Store, and Ophelia was the only imprint for the novel. So Ophelia is where we put it.

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