The White Paper, Signed by Jean Cocteau
[Signed] Cocteau, Jean. The White Paper. First American Edition. 1958 Book is in very good minus condition; dust jacket is in good condition—pages show yellowing with age, and jacket shows minor edge tears and substantial rubbing. Previous owner’s name is written on the flyleaf. Book is signed by Jean Cocteau on the half title page.
Technically this book is by “Anonymous,” with only the preface and illustrations by Jean Cocteau, but in the preface, he confesses the truth of its authorship. And yet, because homosexuality was taboo in the United States and illegal in Great Britain in 1958, he opts against having his name above the title. It is the story of a young man whose strong attraction to members of the same sex leads him into a public bath house.
“One’s salvation cannot possibly be achieved in Paris; the soul is too distracted.”