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The Way of a Man with a Maid by Anonymous
Jack has built a special place called the Snuggery in a padded room of an old lunatic asylum. Filled with ropes, cushions, straps, and feathers, he chooses Alice to complete the decoration. Imprisoned against her will, she is teased into submission. And in moments of passion, when Jack names her his "wife," Alice finally surrenders her maidenhead, submitting to the power of his unbridled lust. This is a foray into pleasure, pain, lesbianism, and etiquette—told from the viewpoint of a quintessential Edwardian gent. Having first appeared in Parisian journals around the turn of the century, it is widely acknowledged to be a defining example of the erotic genre, and reveals the dark underbelly of human sexuality.
About the Author: Mysteriously, for such a classic book, the initial publication date is still unknown, and the author remains anonymous.
The Golden Lotus Love Pagoda:
The Golden Lotus Love Pagoda (Jin Ping Mei) is a classic work of Chinese eroticism. Composed during the late Ming Dynasty (1600's), this famous erotic novel was forbidden and banned for hundreds of years due to its graphic sexually explicit nature. It has become a highly recognised and regarded work of Chinese erotic literature, as Fanny Hill, Lady Chatterley's Lover and The Decameron are to the Western world.
Raw Silk by Lisabet Sarai
In a foreign land, a woman discovers exotic new realms of the senses...
Fantazius Mallare by Ben Hecht & Count Fanny's Nuptials by Simon Arrow
A novel of satanic decadence in the tradition of J-K Huysmans, FANTAZIUS MALLARE is the tale of a deranged recluse who declares war on reality. In his world of hallucination and twisted eroticism, Mallare needs a woman to worship him as a god; aided by Goliath, his deformed dwarf servant he entices a submissive gypsy girl whom he strives to enthrall in chains of horror and ecstasy. First published in 1922, FANTAZIUS MALLARE is the second novel by famous American playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht. The book was suppressed as obscene by the Federal Government on its initial publication, and artist Wallace Smith sent to jail. It is now published in an uncensored edition which includes all 10 original decadent/erotic illustrations by Smith.
COUNT FANNY'S NUPTIALS, first published clandestinely in London in 1907, remains one of the most rare and elusive of all decadent texts. Its author "Simon Arrow” is sometimes identified as Ronald Firbank, although it seems more likely that the publisher, G. Hope Johnstone, also created it. This joint edition of FANTAZIUS MALLARE and COUNT FANNY'S NUPTIALS constitutes a volume of rare and unadulterated erotic decadence which stands as the final flourish of the genre.
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The Anti-Justine by Restif de la Bretonne
Restif de la Bretonne (1734-1806) was perhaps the key author amongst a glut of imitators inspired by the publication of the Marquis de Sade's "obscene” masterworks Juliette and Justine in the late 18th century. In 1798 Restif wrote his pornographic epic The Anti-Justine (or The Joys of Eros), thus inaugurating a long tradition of "Sadean literature” that continues to this day.
The Anti-Justine is a pornographic novelization of Restif's own life and sexual debauches, which the author tried to defend "morally” by declaring his book to be an "antidote” to the supposed poison of de Sade; yet whilst the book opens with a spurious warning to women against cruelty, it soon develops into a monumental odyssey of sexual depravity which often rivals de Sade in its relentlessly explicit nature.
Salome by Oscar Wilde & Under the Hill by Aubrey Beardsley
SALOME is an evocation of biblical horror in which blasphemies inflame an atmosphere that seethes with a dangerous erotic charge from the very outset. Relentless, hypnotic repetitions in the words, arranged in fugue cadences, lend the proceedings a masturbatory, oneiric quality: the tale unfolds with the inexorable acceleration of an orgasmic nightmare.
Aubrey Beardsley's UNDER THE HILL, a short work commenced in 1894 but left unfinished at the time of Beardsley's premature demise, nonetheless achieves the quintessence of Decadence, an evocation of a synaesthetic pleasure dome to rival Huysmans' A Rebours. This, allied to its extraordinary catalogue of sexual perversions, makes it a unique and indispensable text for any who seek the uttermost extremes of the manifest imagination.
This joint edition of SALOME and UNDER THE HILL, united by twenty of Beardsley's unsurpassable drawings, is a timely rehabilitation of these two all-too-often ignored fin-de-siècle texts, and constitutes a volume of unadulterated erotic decadence which stands at the pinnacle of the genre.
White Stains & The Nameless Novel by Aleister Crowley
White Stains remains Aleister Crowley's most infamous work, his attempt at taking the Satanic/erotic decadencee of Baudelaire and ramping it up to new extremes of degradation, sexual depravity and demonic frenzy. Revelling in filth, Crowley includes odes to sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus, rape, lesbianism, impotence, venereal disease, bestiality, sado-masochism, coprophilia, necrophila, blasphemy and devil-worship in this staggering, over-the-top compendium of eros and evil.
This first US edition of White Stains also includes Crowley's rare later volume, The Nameless Novel (1904), a rampant pornographic novella written to stimulate and amuse his wife. With a new introduction by Crowley scholar D M Mitchell, the book is a classic document of fin-de-siècle erotica, as well as a unique compendium of Crowley's most outrageous and notorious literary output. New edition with new cover. First in a new series, Forbidden Erotic Classics, dedicated to literary works which were censored, suppressed or even prosecuted upon their original publication.
Torture Me! A Dark Depraved Tale of Sin and Sex
Torture Me! A Dark Depraved Tale of Sin and Sex in the Garden of Evil Ecstasy is a deliciously disturbing erotic novel, recognised as a cult classic of Sadomasochism. The portrayal of ancient methods of torture as an artform - is both beautiful and horrifically shocking.
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Justine by Marquis de Sade
In a Parisian tavern the Countess de Lorsange reveals her history to a young woman named Therese—a story in which a young girl and her sister fight a battle of morality. Set in a period before the French Revolution, Justine shows the battle of virtue versus vice, where earning your keep takes on fresh connotations, and a titled lady holds a lifetime of illicit secrets. De Sade's first novella, this book was written in 1787 while he was imprisoned for two weeks in the Bastille. Although published anonymously, de Sade was eventually indicted for blasphemy and obscenity (without trial) for its authorship at the behest of Napoleon Bonaparte.
About the Author:
The Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary, and writer of violent pornography. Incarcerated for 32 years of his life in both prisons and asylums, he is famed for his graphic depiction of cruelty within classic titles such as Crimes of Love and One Hundred Days of Sodom.
The Autobiography of a Flea by Stanislas de Rhodes
A young maiden, Bella, and her boyfriend Charlie consummate their passion under the moonlight, shrouded in petticoats. Little do they know that someone has been watching them—a priest who blackmails Bella over the sight he has witnessed, enslaving her into a world of sexual subservience. This story is narrated by the smallest voyeur of them all, who uses his size to avenge Bella's misfortune, revealing the sordid details of a priest's inner sanctum.
Initially published in 1887, this book inspired a film directed by one of the first female pornographic directors from the 1970s. Starring the inimitable John Holmes, it is recognized as a classic example of the X-rated genre.
The Autobiography of a Flea was first published anonymously—but was later revealed to be by the London lawyer, Stanislas de Rhodes.
Sadopaideia by Anonymous
Cecil Prendergast has a problem. He has been selected by Muriel Harcourt and her maid as the third dimension in their relationship. The "problem" is that Muriel likes to beat Cecil's backside with a bamboo cane. Before long, a new master emerges—and Cecil finally asserts his dominance. Through disciplinary scenes, he wages a war of retribution via stinging pleasure and mutual consent—and punishes Muriel, her maid, and Muriel's two nieces in turn.
Here is a shocking, explicit, classic tale of sadomasochism at the heart of English high society. Set in London and the Dorset coast, in an era of English history where corporal punishment was freely dispensed, the characters represent the core principles of disobedience, chastisement, and compliance.
Sadopaideia was originally published in 1907, in Paris, within two volumes. The author remains anonymous.
My Secret Life by Walter
Only six copies were initially printed in 1888. Attempts to republish the book resulted in the novel being repeatedly banned. This is a dark work of Victorian erotica, and an explicit memoir of unspoken desires in the English class system—encapsulating the joy of hidden sins in an age of moral fervor.
Welcome to the secret world of Walter, a diary of one man's obsession with the opposite sex. A champagne-drinking Victorian traveler, Walter is lascivious, obnoxious, and possessed of an insatiable sexual appetite. Through a bawdy catalog of indecent scenarios with maids, widows, and wenches, he solicits an indulgent exploration of the flesh. His obsessions, fantasies, and voyeuristic tendencies are explored and revealed within this diary—one of the most famous examples of Victorian erotic literature from the decadent era.
Claiming to have slept with 1,200 women from 27 countries (including every one in Europe), Walter is often referred to as the "English Casanova"—although the author's true identity still remains a mystery.
I Came Up Stairs: A Victorian Courtesan's Memoirs, 1867 to 1871 by MC Halliday
Led from filth and poverty by a gentleman in the hopes of gaining coin for his purse, Mae is shaped into a lady and tutored in the arts of pleasure. With raw sensuality, she creates a seductive dance that entices the peerage in puritanical England, and she quickly becomes favored courtesan to Prince of Wales. Her renown and riches ever rising, she continues to romp with gamely men and women of both the nobility and the lower classes. Eventually, Mae's bohemian ways cause suffering for those she loves and her own heartbreak. Must she conform to Victorian mores, or can she remain true to her sensual desires? These intimate memoirs reveal a young woman's journey from the slums of Whitechapel to celebrated dancer of the Victorian music hall, and courtesan to the highest peers of the British realm. From the years 1867 to 1871, Mae recounts her varied lovers and false loves, and her heartbreaking losses in a quest for happiness.
"For lovers of literary erotica and historical fiction, this book is a treat. " — Jean Roberta, ERWA review April 2010
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