Aphrodite

Aphrodite

Pierre Louys

On the heels of Bilitis, Pierre Louys published his first novel, Aphrodite in 1896. It was a bestseller, selling 350,000 copies, sealing Louys’ reputation as a popular author of erotic literature. Set in Ptolemaic Alexandria, at a much later date than Bilitis, Aphrodite is as much a love story as a crime story. Louys’ decadent, sensual vision of Egypt in classical times is a jeweled setting for a story of…

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Arabella

Arabella

Anonymous

This book runs in the same vein as Fanny Hill, but is a lot more explicit. Arabella is the story of a proud and strong-willed woman of the Victorian era. In her own words she describes the erotic escapades and kinky amours that took place behind the closed doors of 1890s society.

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Justine

Justine

Marquis De Sade

Justine (or The Misfortunes of Virtue) is set just before the French Revolution in France and tells the story of a young woman who goes under the name of Therese. Her story is recounted to Madame de Lorsagne while defending herself for her crimes, en route to punishment and death. She explains the series of misfortunes which have led her to be in her present situation.

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

D. H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley’s Lover was originally printed privately in Florence, Italy. It wasn’t printed openly in the U.K until 1960, when Penguin published it, were taken to the High Court for obscenity, and won the case. The book is notorious for its story of the physical and emotional relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class…

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The Memoirs of Fanny Hill

The Memoirs of Fanny Hill

John Cleland

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill) is an erotic novel by John Cleland first published in England in 1748. Written while the author was in debtors’ prison in London, it is considered the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel. The book is written as a series of letters from Frances “Fanny” Hill to an unknown woman, with Fanny justifying her life…

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Miss Coote’s Confession

Miss Coote's Confession

Anonymous

First published anonymously in the Victorian magazine, The Pearl, this book contains 10 very kinky letters from an older dominatrix to a younger woman. The character is probably based on the real-life Theresa Berkley who ran a brothel in Soho in the 1830s.

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One Hundred and Twenty Days Of Sodom

120 Days Of Sodom

Marquis De Sade

The One Hundred and Twenty Days Of Sodom, or the School of Libertinism is a novel by the French writer and nobleman Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade. Described as both pornographic and erotic, it was written in 1785. It tells the story of four wealthy male libertines who resolve to experience the ultimate sexual gratification in orgies. To do this, they seal themselves away for four months in an inaccessible castle in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France…

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Philosophy in the Bedroom

Philosophy in the Bedroom

Marquis De Sade

Philosophy in the Bedroom is a 1795 book by the Marquis de Sade written in the form of a dramatic dialogue. Though initially considered a work of pornography, the book has come to be considered a socio-political drama. Set in a bedroom, the seven dialogues concern Eugenie, a virgin, who has been sent to the house of Madame de Saint-Ange…

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The Romance of Lust

The Romance of Lust

Anonymous

The Romance of Lust, or Early Experiences is a Victorian erotic novel written anonymously in four volumes during the years 1873–1876. The novel is told in first person, and the protagonist of the novel is Charlie Roberts. He catalogs his sexual experiences including incest with his sisters Eliza and Mary, sex with his governesses, and his later sexual exploits with various male and female friends, and…

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The Songs of Bilitis

The Songs of Bilitis

Pierre Louys

First published in Paris in 1894, this purports to be translations of poems by a woman named Bilitis, a contemporary and acquaintance of Sappho. However, Bilitis never existed. The poems were a clever forgery by Pierre Louÿs–the “translator”; to lend weight, he had even included a bibliography with bogus supporting works and fabricated an entire section of his book called “The Life of Bilitis”. Louÿs actually did…

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Venus in Furs

Venus in Furs

Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

Venus in Furs is a novella by the Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The novel draws themes, like female dominance and sadomasochism, and character inspiration heavily from Sacher-Masoch’s own life. Wanda von Dunajew, the novel’s central female character, was modelled after Fanny Pistor, who was an emerging literary writer (the cover of this book shows Fanny and Sacher-Masoch together). The framing story concerns a man who dreams…

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The Way of a Man with a Maid

The Way of a Man with a Maid

Anonymous

Tells the story of a man who takes ‘revenge’ on a woman who rejected him. Most of this story takes place in a room in his house called ‘The Snuggery’, which the narrator “Jack” converts into a kind of erotic torture chamber equipped with beds to which women can be strapped and held helpless and which is soundproofed to make their screams unheard. Other equipment includes cords and pulleys…

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