In 1907 Apollinaire published the well-known erotic novel , The Eleven Thousand Rods ( Les Onze Mille Verges ).   Officially banned in France until 1970, various printings of it circulated widely for many years. Apollinaire never publicly acknowledged authorship of the novel. Another erotic novel attributed to him was The Exploits of a Young Don Juan (Les exploits d'un jeune Don Juan) , in which the 15-year-old hero fathers three children with various members of his entourage, including his aunt.   Apollinaire's gift to Picasso of the original 1907 manuscript was one of the artist's most prized possessions.  The book was made into a movie in 1987 .
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