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My Secret Life (original 1888; edition 1890)

by Anonymous

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Member:danielx
Title:My Secret Life
Authors:Anonymous
Info:Grove Press (1967), Mass Market Paperback
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My Secret Life by Anonymous (1888)

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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 |
This book has everything! Incest, pedophelia, rape, assault, coercion, disease, hookers, bodily functions...
I can't say much of it was very "erotic" but as a cultural piece, an indication of what was acceptable 100+ years ago, it's quite interesting. By the end it gets more than repetitive and the last couple of "conquests" were drawn out and uncomfortable for everyone involved.
Not a book for anyone other than the really curious or perverted. ( )
  wpschlitz | Mar 19, 2012 |
.....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 |
Memoir by "Walter," possibly partly fictional, but clearly written to inform and not just for porn. Of historical interest. ( )
1 vote historystudent | Aug 3, 2007 |
Its dull. Very very dull.

On the bright side, and with the help of a dictionary, I learnt many new words, but really, any book where you're _glad_ you have the abridged version is obviously a bit of a failure. ( )
2 vote RoC | Aug 23, 2006 |
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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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