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DON'T TELL SYBIL. New edition. George Melly. Atlas Press, London, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 176 pp. with 32 ills. (one col.). 17 x 19 cm. ISBN 9781900565653 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Don_t Tell Sybil is a libidinous memoir by a master raconteur. George Melly (1926-2007) was impossible to ignore in London cultural circles between the 1950s and 90s. He first came to attention as a jazz singer, notable for risque songs performed with verve rather than with great technical ability. An arresting personality, Melly dressed the part: his outrageous suits became a mark, and his talents as a raconteur soon brought him fame as a TV talkshow guest (usually late-night shows, for reasons of propriety). His cheerful bisexuality, recounted throughout his three volumes of autobiography, scandalized and then delighted a public whose own sexual attitudes changed over the decades they describe. Don_t Tell Sybil is a supplementary volume of autobiography which treats in more detail Melly_s youthful and long-lasting attraction to Surrealism, and his equally lengthy friendship with the contradictory character who headed up the English Surrealist group, E.L.T. Mesens.
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