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My Secret Life by Anonymous

My Secret Life (original 1888; edition 1890)

by Anonymous

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Title:My Secret Life
Info:Grove Press (1967), Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library, Not finished
Tags:fiction, erotica

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My Secret Life by Anonymous (1888)


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Boring. And this guy seemed really proud of the fact that he was a bit (understatement) quick on the draw. He needed a lot more stamina and a lot better imagination. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
Read this book 40 years ago....learned a lot of what I know about sex from this book (even though he got some of it wrong!) deemed it erotic, and yes, pornographic...depicts an era when men in the British upper classes with unlimited resources could get away with socially-sanctioned everything in their pursuit of pleasure....hmmmm, have things really changed?...G. ( )
  Gemma. | May 16, 2013 |
.....only half read though this book, but i find it nausating and hard to call it a "beautiful thing".raping the domestic help, raping children, getting service by prostitutes, and catching the clap more times than the yankees won world series.....

yet,its a good piece of work.....its either the detailed imaginary compulsions of a diseased mind or the confessions of a fiend. maybe its both ( )
1 vote JayTheMagnificent | Dec 21, 2008 |
This first volume contains books one and two of the original eleven into which "Walter", from an upper-middle class English Victorian family, divided his sexual autobiography. It describes his recollections from earliest childhood of precocious curiosity about male and female anatomy and behaviour and the ways in which he satisfied it. In the prefaces to this volume he also talks of his later indecision about what to do with the mass of notes he had accumulated, throughout his life, many of which had been written almost immediately after the events described. Should he destroy them in case they were found after his death, or should he publish? As we see, he decided on publication. His work could not present a greater contrast to Casanova's book; Walter's style is repellent and coarse, and though he occasionally refers to other events in his life it is only as they impinge on or influence his varied sexual escapades. Its redeeming merit is its obvious truthfulness and the comprehensive nature of his experiences in the UK and on the Continent with women and occasionally men. It incidentally exposes the attitude of a relatively wealthy man to the classes he considered socially beneath him - servants, working people and prostitutes - and in words quoted on the cover, "reveals more about London's low life ... than a dozen or so Dickens or Mayhews." ( )
  gibbon | Oct 21, 2008 |
Incredibly filthy. Gets old fast, but includes the entire universe of kinks so there must be something for everyone. Scope, size are overwhelming to point of illness. First five minutes interesting, after that tiring and almost disgusting.
  ahovde01 | May 21, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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Grimley, GordonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Legman, GershonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The true identity of "Walter" has never been discovered for certain. The most frequently cited likely author is Henry Spencer Ashbee, a book collector, writer, and bibliographer notable as an early authority on erotic literature.
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