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Fantazius Mallare A Mysterious Oath   By: (1894-1964)

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[Autograph: To my friend Harry Ridings Ben Hecht 2 Oct]

Limited edition for private circulation only, consisting of two thousand and twenty five numbered copies. Only two thousand copies for sale. Published September 1922.

No. 832.

PRESS OF PRINTING SERVICE COMPANY [Illustration: Printer's device] CHICAGO

COPYRIGHT NINETEEN TWENTY TWO COVICI McGEE Chicago

All Rights Reserved

FANTAZIUS MALLARE

A Mysterious Oath

BEN HECHT

[Illustration: Publisher's device]

Drawings WALLACE SMITH

Chicago COVICI MCGEE 1922

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DEDICATION

This dark and wayward book is affectionately dedicated to my enemies to the curious ones who take fanatic pride in disliking me; to the baffling ones who remain enthusiastically ignorant of my existence; to the moral ones upon whom Beauty exercises a lascivious and corrupting influence; to the moral ones who have relentlessly chased God out of their bedrooms; to the moral ones who cringe before Nature, who flatten themselves upon prayer rugs, who shut their eyes, stuff their ears, bind, gag and truss themselves and offer their mutilations to the idiot God they have invented (the Devil take them, I grow bored with laughing at them); to the anointed ones who identify their paranoic symptoms as virtues, who build altars upon complexes; to the anointed ones who have slain themselves and who stagger proudly into graves (God deliver Himself from their caress!); to the religious ones who wage bloody and tireless wars upon all who do not share their fear of life (Ah, what is God but a despairing refutation of Man?); to the solemn and successful ones who gesture with courteous disdain from the depth of their ornamental coffins (we are all cadavers but let us refrain from congratulating each other too courteously on the fact); to the prim ones who find their secret obscenities mirrored in every careless phrase, who read self accusation into the word sex; to the prim ones who wince adroitly in the hope of being mistaken for imbeciles; to the prim ones who fornicate apologetically (the Devil can cans in their souls); to the cowardly ones who borrow their courage from Ideals which they forthwith defend with their useless lives; to the cowardly ones who adorn themselves with castrations (let this not be misunderstood); to the reformers the psychopathic ones who publicly and shamelessly belabor their own unfortunate impulses; to the reformers (once again) the psychopathic ones trying forever to drown their own obscene desires in ear splitting prayers for their fellowman's welfare; to the reformers the Freudian dervishes who masturbate with Purity Leagues, who achieve involved orgasms denouncing the depravities of others; to the reformers (patience, patience) the psychopathic ones who seek to vindicate their own sexual impotencies by padlocking the national vagina, who find relief for constipation in forbidding their neighbors the water closet (God forgives them, but not I); to the ostracizing ones who hurl excommunications upon all that is not part of their stupidity; to the ostracizing ones who fraternize only with the worms inside their coffins (their anger is the caress incomparable); to the pious ones who, lacking the strength to please themselves, boast interminably to God of their weakness in denying themselves; to the idealistic ones who, unable to confound their neighbors with their own superiority, join... Continue reading book >>




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