John Camden Hotten  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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John Camden Hotten (1832, Clerkenwell-1873) was an English bibliophile and publisher.

Hotten was born in Clerkenwell, London to a family of Cornish origins. In 1855 he opened a small bookshop in London, and founded the publishing firm later known as Chatto & Windus. He was a compiler of an English language dictionary of slang: first published in 1859 under the title A dictionary of modern slang, cant, and vulgar words, the book was reprinted numerous times. He was also a collector, author and clandestine publisher of pornographic works such as The Romance of Chastisement. He was an associate of the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne, publishing his Poems and Ballads after Moxon and Co. rejected them. However, Cecil Lang claims in his preface to Swinburne's Letters that Hotten had effectively blackmailed Swinburne into providing him with pornographic verse.


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