Charles Carrington

Charles Carrington (Nov. 11, 1867 - October 15, 1921) was a publisher of erotic books and one of the pioneers of the "golden age" of late-19th and early 20th century French spanking literature. Charles Carrington was actually a pseudonym, his real name was Paul Harry Ferdinando.

Carrington grew up in London, England and moved to Paris, France between 1893 and 1896, where he opened his first bookshop. Here he published hundreds of erotic books including many flagellation novels richly illustrated by well-known artists such as Martin van Maële. Many were limited editions of only a few hundred copies privately sold by subscription only. Carrington, who was also a writer, translated scores of French novels to English and rewrote them to appeal to his clientele, mainly upper middle class English and American buyers who wanted books that were both intellectually respectable and risque.

In 1907 he was deported from France for publishing and selling literature "of a very obscene and vulgar character". For the next five years he lived in exile in Bruxelles, Belgium, where he continued his publishing activities on a small scale, usually through his agents Roberts and Dardaillon. In 1912 he moved back to France, reopened a bookshop and published a small number of books until his death nine years later. He suffered from syphilis from which he grew blind by 1920, and was admitted to the mental hospital at Ivry, south of Paris, where he died on October 15, 1921. During his 26 years in business, Carrington published nearly 300 books.

Many of Carrington's books are cataloged at the Biblio Curiosa website.

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