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A Virgin Heart (de Gourmont, 1921)


 

A VIRGIN HEART

 

A NOVEL

BY

REMY DE GOURMONT

AUTHORIZED TRANSLATION

BY

ALDOUS HUXLEY

 

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NICHOLAS L. BROWN
NEW YORKMCMXXI

 

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PREFACE

The author had thought of qualifying this book: A Novel Without Hypocrisy; but he reflected that these words might appear unseemly, since hypocrisy is becoming more and more fashionable.

He next thought of: A Physiological Novel; but that was still worse in this age of great converts, when grace from on high so opportunely purifies the petty human passions.

These two sub-titles being barred, nothing was left; he has therefore put nothing.

A novel is a novel. And it would be no more than that if the author had not attempted, by an analysis that knows no scruples, to reveal in these pages what may be called the seamy side of a 'virgin heart,' to show that innocence has its instincts, its needs, its physiological dues.

A young girl is not merely a young heart, but a young human body, all complete.

Such is the subject of this novel, which must, in spite of everything, be called 'physiological.'

R.G.

 

Contents

CONTENTS
 
I pag.9
II 27
III 38
IV 55
V 61
VI 68
VII 82
VIII 93
IX 104
X 121
XI 134
XII 152
XIII 166
XIV 175
XV 185
XVI 195
XVII 210
XVIII 224
 


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Original:

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

 
Translation:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1963, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.