Kickstarter Update: That’s It, Folks!

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So, in case you haven’t heard already…WE WON! Not only did we win Des Grieux but we also won one of only five first editions of Teleny. The supporters of the Kickstarter campaign (each and every one my personal hero, listed below), everyone who shared the project on social media, and my home institution, UBC, made this a reality. With UBC’s backing we were able to make sure that two extremely rare works are preserved and available to researchers and anyone with an interest.

The bidding was intense and I don’t know if my 33-years-young heart could take the suspense again (what am I saying? I’d do it all again tomorrow). Stay tuned for another post that’ll have all the gritty details. The highs, the lows, the auctioneer who was clearly amused at some of the auction items!

For now, I just want to say thanks again. As you scroll through the names of this project’s backers, please keep them in mind as you celebrate Thanksgiving, even if you’re not in a country with Thanksgiving next week (see: every country but one). Also, if you ever meet any of these people, you should buy them an ice cream. I’m hoping to buy a lot of ice creams. Spoiler alert: my next Kickstarter will be to raise money to buy ice creams for Kickstarter supporters.

Thank you!

-Justin

  • Lucia Lorenzi
  • Natasha Chang
  • Brycen Janzen
  • Stewart
  • Lauren Perchuk
  • Steve Hahn
  • Nico Dicecco
  • Will Matheson
  • Xantasm
  • Daniel Helbert
  • Liz Turner
  • Michelle O’Brien
  • Marco Galvani
  • Charles Knight
  • Megan Brett
  • Alex Griffin
  • Tim Cassedy
  • Ted Whittall
  • Betany Koepke
  • Judith Scholes
  • Sandra Arnett
  • Serina Patterson
  • Aron Horvath
  • Amol Verma
  • Christopher Scott
  • Mark Klassen
  • Sarah Taylor-Harman
  • Noelle Phillips
  • JB
  • Gillian Kirby
  • Angela Caperton
  • Iago Faustus
  • Graeme Rigg
  • Alison Hurlburt
  • Les Vogel
  • Mark
  • Sebastian Melmoth
  • Rebecca Dowson
  • Kristen Stubbs
  • Glenn Willen
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Megan Rector
  • Alison Traweek
  • Kyle Carpenter
  • Lawrence Reeve
  • Meghan O’Neil
  • Mary Corbett
  • Ian Pettit
  • Heath Wood
  • Jack
  • Faye Wang
  • Ann Gagne
  • Katie
  • TR
  • Keith Preble
  • Adrian M.
  • John Williams

Kickstarter Update, Day 8: That Time We Won the Auction

With the help of all the supporters of the Kickstarter campaign and UBC Rare Books, we were able to obtain not only Des Grieux but also the first edition of Teleny in the Christie’s auction. I can’t even tell you how excited I am right now. Excited and grateful. Thank you to everyone who supported, backed, and shared this project. None of this would have happened without you all.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/154653970/des-grieux-oscar-wildes-other-suppressed-novel/posts/1056176

Kickstarter Update, Day 7: Until Tomorrow

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In preparation for an early start tomorrow, the auction begins at 6AM PST, I simply want to reiterate my sincere thanks to everyone who’s supported, backed, and shared this project. It’s been overwhelming, to say the least.

Here’s an updated list of the awesome people who have made this possible.

  1. Lucia Lorenzi
  2. Natasha Chang
  3. Brycen Janzen
  4. Stewart
  5. Lauren Perchuk
  6. Steve Hahn
  7. Nico Dicecco
  8. Will Matheson
  9. Xantasm
  10. Daniel Helbert
  11. Liz Turner
  12. Michelle O’Brien
  13. Marco Galvani
  14. Charles Knight
  15. Megan Brett
  16. Alex Griffin
  17. Tim Cassedy
  18. Ted Whittall
  19. Betany Koepke
  20. Judith Scholes
  21. Sandra Arnett
  22. Serina Patterson
  23. Aron Horvath
  24. Amol Verma
  25. Christopher Scott
  26. Mark Klassen
  27. Sarah Taylor-Harman
  28. Noelle Phillips
  29. JB
  30. Gillian Kirby
  31. Angela Caperton
  32. Iago Faustus
  33. Graeme Rigg
  34. Alison Hurlburt
  35. Les Vogel
  36. Mark
  37. Sebastian Melmoth
  38. Rebecca Dowson
  39. Kristen Stubbs
  40. Glenn Willen
  41. Jennifer Ferguson
  42. Megan Rector
  43. Alison Traweek
  44. Kyle Carpenter
  45. Lawrence Reeve
  46. Meghan O’Neil
  47. Mary Corbett
  48. Ian Pettit
  49. Heath Wood
  50. Jack
  51. Faye Wang
  52. Ann Gagne
  53. Katie
  54. TR
  55. Keith Preble

Kickstarter Update, Day 5: More than 3/4 of The Way

Hello Everyone,

An exciting day on the Kickstarter to help bring Des Grieux to the public. As of this writing, the total raised is $2295, which equates to 76% funded. 76! Like the basketball team of the same name! It’s a great number, to be sure, and one that I could not be happier about considering my inexperience with this whole crowdfunding endeavour. Everyone has shown me what a powerful tool this can be for things other than gadgets and tech startups. I’ve really learned a lot in 5 days. So, in addition to your support, thank you for putting up with my growing pains.

Friday was the busiest day so far for this project, in terms of the volume of corresponding I’ve been doing. Earlier in the day I had an opportunity to speak with a backer about a cool project she is trying to launch to bring together sex-positive people with other cool sex-positive projects that sometimes have a difficult time on standard internet platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and the like, not to mention non-judgemental webhosting. If you’d like to see more, please visit http://www.toymakerproject.com/about/

As always, more information about this project is available under the gif below, which depicts fairly accurately my day on Friday.

Here is today’s current list of backers. See if you can spot the one with a little added literary allusion.

  1. Lucia Lorenzi
  2. Natasha Chang
  3. Brycen Janzen
  4. Stewart
  5. Lauren Perchuk
  6. Steve Hahn
  7. Nico Dicecco
  8. Will Matheson
  9. Xantasm
  10. Daniel Helbert
  11. Liz Turner
  12. Michelle O’Brien
  13. Marco Galvani
  14. Charles Knight
  15. Megan Brett
  16. Alex Griffin
  17. Tim Cassedy
  18. Ted Whittall
  19. Betany Koepke
  20. Judith Scholes
  21. Sandra Arnett
  22. Serina Patterson
  23. Aron Horvath
  24. Amol Verma
  25. Christopher Scott
  26. Mark Klassen
  27. Sarah Taylor-Harman
  28. Noelle Phillips
  29. JB
  30. Gillian Kirby
  31. Angela Caperton
  32. Iago Faustus
  33. Graeme Rigg
  34. Alison Hurlburt
  35. Les Vogel
  36. Mark
  37. Sebastian Melmoth
  38. Rebecca Dowson
  39. Kristen Stubbs
  40. Glenn Willen
  41. Jennifer Ferguson
  42. Megan Rector
  43. Alison Traweek
  44. Kyle Carpenter

Here’s the Kickstarter link: Oscar Wilde’s ‘Other’ Suppressed Novel

Click here if you’d like more info on the project.

This is the auction site for Des Grieux: Christie’s London

Here is the entry from Peter Mendes containing most of the available info on Des Grieux. Mendes is one of the few people who have actually examined the text in question: Des Grieux

If you’d like to find out more about Teleny, you can look at the OScholars special Teleny edition here.

Previous Kickstarter Updates: Launch, Day1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Blog Post by Bacchus on Eros Blog

Kickstarter Update, Day 4: That Time We Were 71% Funded

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The amount of money raised so far for this campaign equates to over 32lbs of Canadian dollar coins (commonly known as ‘Loonies’). Since we’re talking weights and measures here, that equates to $2135 raised toward the goal of prying a rare book from the locked cases of private collectors where researchers can’t access it.

More than anything else, this project thus far has shown me how much goodwill there is within the academic community as well as communities sympathetic to the cause of ensuring that literature is preserved and not locked away.

I am cautiously optimistic that this project will meet its funding goal and I want to reiterate my gratitude to everyone who has shared, backed, and had thoughts both pure and impure about this campaign. And if everyone were to ask just one relative they only speak with on holidays to share and consider backing this campaign, we’d have a lot more cousins involved. I don’t know if that would help, but it certainly couldn’t hurt.

As always, further details can be found under the gif. Today it’s a visual representation of a bit of frustration I’ve experienced recently.

Here is today’s current list of backers. See if you can spot the one with a little added literary allusion.

  1. Lucia Lorenzi
  2. Natasha Chang
  3. Brycen Janzen
  4. Stewart
  5. Lauren Perchuk
  6. Steve Hahn
  7. Nico Dicecco
  8. Will Matheson
  9. Xantasm
  10. Daniel Helbert
  11. Liz Turner
  12. Michelle O’Brien
  13. Marco Galvani
  14. Charles Knight
  15. Megan Brett
  16. Alex Griffin
  17. Tim Cassedy
  18. Ted Whittall
  19. Betany Koepke
  20. Judith Scholes
  21. Sandra Arnett
  22. Serina Patterson
  23. Aron Horvath
  24. Amol Verma
  25. Christopher Scott
  26. Mark Klassen
  27. Sarah Taylor-Harman
  28. Noelle Phillips
  29. JB
  30. Gillian Kirby
  31. Angela Caperton
  32. Iago Faustus
  33. Graeme Rigg
  34. Alison Hurlburt
  35. Les Vogel
  36. Mark
  37. Sebastian Melmoth
  38. Rebecca Dowson
  39. Kristen Stubbs
  40. Glenn Willen

Here’s the Kickstarter link: Oscar Wilde’s ‘Other’ Suppressed Novel

Click here if you’d like more info on the project.

This is the auction site for Des Grieux: Christie’s London

Here is the entry from Peter Mendes containing most of the available info on Des Grieux. Mendes is one of the few people who have actually examined the text in question: Des Grieux

If you’d like to find out more about Teleny, you can look at the OScholars special Teleny edition here.

Previous Kickstarter Updates: Launch, Day1, Day 2, Day 3

Blog Post by Bacchus on Eros Blog

Kickstarter Update, Day 3: Over Halfway Edition

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Good Morning Friends (or afternoon in the UK and on the Continent),

Another banner day for this project, you guys. Not only did you help raise the total to $1600 (that’s over half way to the goal!), you shared it widely helping it get some media attention and even a very supportive blog post from Eros Blog. It’s a worthwhile read, not just because it supports my project, but because it also addresses state of knee-jerk moral reactions by companies. I also did an interview with a national journalist who’s hoping to publish an article about the project this week (or at least before the auction starts). I cannot wait to see what happens next! Thanks everyone for everything you’ve done thus far.

Please see more details here and below, under the Peter Dinklage gif that most accurately represents my feelings at the moment.

And, remember, you’re allowed to share this project as many times as you can click your mouse. If you don’t have a newer computer, please write to me and I will send you the DOS startup floppy disk so that you can share it round.

Backers thus far include:

  1. Lucia Lorenzi
  2. Natasha Chang
  3. Brycen Janzen
  4. Stewart
  5. Lauren Perchuk
  6. Steve Hahn
  7. Nico Dicecco
  8. Will Matheson
  9. Xantasm
  10. Daniel Helbert
  11. Liz Turner
  12. Michelle O’Brien
  13. Marco Galvani
  14. Charles Knight
  15. Megan Brett
  16. Alex Griffin
  17. Tim Cassedy
  18. Ted Whittall
  19. Betany Koepke
  20. Judith Scholes
  21. Sandra Arnett
  22. Serina Patterson
  23. Aron Horvath
  24. Amol Verma
  25. Christopher Scott
  26. Mark Klassen
  27. Sarah Taylor-Harman
  28. Noelle Phillips
  29. JB
  30. Gillian Kirby
  31. Angela Caperton
  32. Iago Faustus
Here’s the Kickstarter link: Oscar Wilde’s ‘Other’ Suppressed Novel
Click here if you’d like more info on the project.This is the auction site for Des Grieux: Christie’s London Here is the entry from Peter Mendes containing most of the available info on Des Grieux. Mendes is one of the few people who have actually examined the text in question: Des GrieuxIf you’d like to find out more about Teleny, you can look at the OScholars special Teleny edition here.Previous Kickstarter Updates: Launch, Day1, Day 2

Kickstarter Update, Day 2: 33 and a Third

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Good Morning Friends (or afternoon in the UK and on the Continent),

So, I am thrilled to tell you that my project is now over one-third of the way funded after only two days! I am really excited about how much closer I am to making this thing a reality.

Also, I was contacted via my Kickstarter page by a national journalist who wants to interview me tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.

I want to thank everyone who’s shared, backed, or both. Remember, you’re allowed to keep sharing this thing. Maybe you have a rich uncle who is looking for a young scholar to patronize? (that’s pay-tron-ize)

Backers thus far include:

Lucia Lorenzi
Natasha Chang
Brycen Janzen
Stewart
Lauren Perchuk
Steve Hahn
Nico Dicecco
Will Matheson
Xantasm
Daniel Helbert
Liz Turner
Michelle O’Brien
Marco Galvani
Charles Knight
Megan Brett
Alex Griffin
Tim Cassedy

I’m still getting over the shock that there are real people who want to see this project succeed.

Thanks everyone and, as always, find all your relevant info below this picture of a dancing chicken

Here’s the Kickstarter link: Oscar Wilde’s ‘Other’ Suppressed Novel

Click here if you’d like more info on the project.

This is the auction site for Des Grieux: Christie’s London

Here is the entry from Peter Mendes containing most of the available info on Des Grieux. Mendes is one of the few people who have actually examined the text in question: Des Grieux

If you’d like to find out more about Teleny, you can look at the OScholars special Teleny edition here.

Kickstarter Update: First 24 Hours

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I want to thank everyone who shared and backed my project to bring Des Grieux to the public. In the first 24 hours you have taken the project to almost 1/3 of its goal!

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Backers thus far include:

Lucia Lorenzi
Natasha Chang
Brycen Janzen
Stewart
Lauren Perchuk
Steve Hahn
Nico Dicecco
Will Matheson

These are all top people, as you’ll see if you google them.

Even if you are a top person and cannot back this project financially, please consider sharing it widely on your social networks like MySpace, Friendster, Bebo, ICQ, and other popular sites. Relevant links are below.

Here’s the Kickstarter link: Oscar Wilde’s ‘Other’ Suppressed Novel

Click here if you’d like more info on the project.

This is the auction site for Des Grieux: Christie’s London

Here is the entry from Peter Mendes containing most of the available info on Des Grieux. Mendes is one of the few people who have actually examined the text in question: Des Grieux

If you’d like to find out more about Teleny, you can look at the OScholars special Teleny edition here.

Help Rescue Some Old Porn

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Dearest Graduable Readers,

I have been silent on here for the last little while, just waiting for the right opportunity to ask for money (not really, but this new project is a crowd-funding one).

As you well know, last year I published a ‘lost’ Victorian pornographic novel entitled Letters from Laura and Eveline for the first time in over 100 years. I want to do that again, except this time the text in question is much more difficult, and expensive, to get hold of. The book is the second part of the (in)famous, putatively Wilde-penned Teleny (1893) entitled Des Grieux, The Prelude to Teleny (1899). The text is not nearly as well known as Teleny but its importance as a text associated with it (and possibly Wlide) cannot be denied. Not much is known about the novel and the two known copies have been in private collections for as long as I know.

Now, however, one of the copies has come up for auction at Christie’s in London. Now, those two words usually mean one thing: pounds (£) and lots of them. While this is true for Des Grieux, Christie’s has put a relatively low figure on it of between £1000 – £1500 (approximately $1800 – $2700 CAD). Compare this with the estimate placed on Teleny in the same lot of between £7000 – £10000 ($12500 – $18000 CAD) and the difference is clear.

My idea is simple: raise enough money to bid competitively on Des Grieux on Tuesday 18 November, win the auction, produce and edit the second ever edition of the book, then donate the original to the British Library. Everything about that plan is simple and within my grasp except for the money bit. That’s why I launched a Kickstarter project to see if I can raise enough money to do this. Even though the book is estimated at a very low price, it’s still a lot more than I can single-handedly afford to pay for one book, regardless of how rare it is.

So, even if you can’t donate to the project can you please share it round? That’d be fab.

Here’s the Kickstarter link: Oscar Wilde’s ‘Other’ Suppressed Novel

This is the auction site for Des Grieux: Christie’s London

Here is the entry from Peter Mendes containing most of the available info on Des Grieux. Mendes is one of the few people who have actually examined the text in question: Des Grieux

If you’d like to find out more about Teleny, you can look at the OScholars special Teleny edition here.

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