Faye Rossignol

Biography

Faye Rossignol - who is (or was) she?

Search for Faye Rossignol on Google and three attractive ladies bearing her name are listed (at the time of writing, which is 2014). None of them is "our" Faye Rossignol, which suggests that the name is, in any case, a nom-de-plume. "Rossignol" was French slang in the 19th Century for the female pudendum - and our Faye would most certainly have been aware of that! In fact, little or nothing is known of the life (or possible death) of this female (or was she male?) writer. Her seventeen manuscripts were discovered on Saturday, September 19th, 1988, just after dawn. They lay in a skip filled with builder's rubble in London's fabulously wealthy and upmarket Eaton Square. Despite that, it is clear that they were not simply thrown out at so much junk; they were intended to be discovered and, eventually, to achieve the publication they so richly deserve. How can we assume that? For a start, they were heavily wrapped in a waterproof oilcloth before being completely heat-sealed in two layers of heavy-duty polythene; and the outer layer was of the UV-resistant kind so that they would have survived exposure on a garbage tip, even in direct sunlight, without degradation. And they were carefully placed right on top of a full skip - in plain view of any passer-by of average height. Whoever dumped them was probably still in Eaton Square when they were spotted and rescued. Alas, the luck that any bibliographer might have enjoyed ended right there and then.

They contained not a single handwritten word that might have helped trace them to the hand that wrote them. Each manuscript was neatly typed using a daisywheel printer, so we know that the writer had access to the primitive word-processors of the early-to-mid-eighties (and it would surely have taken that many years for "Faye" to have written all seventeen volumes). The paper was in standard A4 sheets of various brands, all widely sold throughout the country. In short, there is little hope of tracing "her" through either the paper or the method of printing.

Various names have been suggested for the true author, including the satirist William Donaldson (1935-2005) and the politician the Right Honourable Enoch Powell (1912-98). Donaldson (most famous as the author of The Henry Root Letters) is suspected because he once lived in a brothel run by his girlfriend in the nearby Fulham Road and because of the prankish nature of the manuscripts' discovery. And Enoch Powell because anybody taking a late-afternoon stroll around that part of Belgravia in the 1980s and '90s was almost certain to see the British Warm overcoat and the black Homburg hat that both clad the man and trumpeted his sartorial fanfare; one saw them well before those large, limpid, ice-pale eyes loomed out of the circumambient fog of fashionable London, mesmerizing pedestrians to step off the kerb and lower their gaze until he had floated by. He was the very spirit of the place, and perhaps death itself has been unable to prevent his apparition even today? Of the two, we must lean toward Donaldson or some satirist poured into a similar mould. The addresses given by "Faye" in various Introductions in the books - Bushey Arches ... Bushey Park ... Much Hadham ... Crouch End ... Effingham (all genuine places in England) - point to that sort of humour, which is too playful for old Enoch.

But perhaps Faye really is a woman after all. Many of her most ardent fans would dearly love to have it proved. A Scarlet Woman? Here one can paraphrase the doggerel about the Scarlet Pimpernel:

They seek her here.
They seek him there.
Her fans they seek "Faye" everywhere.
Has she a hole or has he a pole?
That damned elusive Rossignol!

When all's said and done, we are left (most fortunately) with the writing. Despite its subject matter, the literary merit of "Faye's" work was soon recognised by, it so happens, a beneficed clergyman in the Church of England. He, however, wishes to remain anonymous. Indeed, everyone connected with the rescue and publication of "her" works, is by choice anonymous. The media feeding-frenzy that would be unleashed were even one of them to be named in public would divert all attention away from the books, whose merits are great enough for them to speak for themselves. If "Faye" herself desired to remain unsung, how could lesser mortals muscle in openly by name and bask in the light that "she" had shunned? It would be unconscionable. In short: Shallow-minded seekers after any sort of "celebrity" link must learn to grow up and content themselves, instead, with these seventeen bright jewels of modern erotic fiction.

(Shortly after www.Fayerossignol.org/asm went online an anonymous surfer submitted an image found among items left by his late father, who operated a photo booth on New York's Coney Island. Its attractions included a six-foot image of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, with a hole where the face would be. People would poke their heads through the hole and have their photograph taken. The name, place, and date were then added to the print. ["And," our surfer adds, "Dad made a fortune for supplying pictures with falsified dates to most of the adulterers in New York."] If this is, indeed "our" own dear Faye, it is the only known picture of her to have surfaced so far.)

Books

Veronique
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,870. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Trapped in a loveless home, she is rescued by a letter from beyond the grave, written by her Auntie Connie, who made her fortune by pleasuring men. Can darling V follow in Aunty's footsteps? Her late aunt's lawyer is desperate to prove she can!
Sporting Girls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,900. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Riley, a businessman who travels the world, continues his relentless pursuit of erotic pleasure in the fleshpots of the world. (Second and final volume of his memoirs.)
Willing Girls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,770. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Riley, a businessman who travels the world, finds he has a world of erotic temptation to explore - and sets about it with a will. (First of two volumes of his memoirs)
The Hotel Nymphomania
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,430. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
With four hundred girls on offer, day and night - blondes, redheads, brunettes, black, white, redskin, high yaller, creole, and oriental - "Smiler" Freddy thinks he has died and gone to his kind of heaven - especially when the owner askes him to help select the new recruits! (The last of four volumes.)
Beginners Please
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,370. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Young prostitutes speak frankly about how it was for them during their first days "on the game".
The Call of the Flesh
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,300. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
"Smiler" Freddy, connoisseur and patron of all the best Sporting Houses travels to the young United States to explore and enjoy all it has to offer. (The third of four volumes.)
Pearl of the Courtesans
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,600. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Our insatiable heroine finds pleasures galore in the most mahnificent House of Pleasure in the Orient. (The third of three volumes)
Nude Rising
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,130. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
"Smiler" Freddy befriends a drunken young girl on a canal bank at midnight and transforms her into the star of the finest House of Pleasure in Paris. (The second of four volumes.)
The Girls of Lazy Daisy's
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,960. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Freddy "The Smiler" begins his lifelong dedication to enjoyment of "the Vertical Smile." (The first of four volumes)
Pearl of the Hareem
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,040. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Kidnapped and sold in an Oriental slave market sassy young Pearl finds the horizontal life in the hareem suits her very well. (The first of three volumes.)
Pearl of the Desert
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,580. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Our insatiable heroine's erotic spree continues in the desert. (The second of three volumes.)
The ffrench House
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,000. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Europe's most dedicated courtesan creates Europe's finest House of Pleasure.
A Victorian Lover of Women
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,950. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
Walter, a young Victorian male, idle and rich, becomes a connoisseur in a flesh market that offered twenty thousand women for his choice of sexual pleasures - and that was just in London when it was only five percent of its present size. Unsatisfied with that, he soon expands his choice to the rest of Europe and the Orient in these amazingly frank memoirs.
ffrench Pleasures
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,630. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
An innocent young widow becomes a dedicated courtesan and a mistress of royalty.
Lord Hornington's Academy of Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,000. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
A randy Edwardian aristocrat finds he has seduced more young ladies than he can possibly manage.
Sweet Fanny's Diary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,670. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
A young Victorian girl's highly sensual account of her erotic odyssey.
Sweet Fanny
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,120. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Regency
The erotic education of a sweet young Regency maid from England who became a French countess, as told in letters to her granddaughter, who has plans to follow her into the oldest profession on earth

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