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The Cunning Linguist (Erotic Classics) by…

The Cunning Linguist (Erotic Classics)

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Two classic Victorian entertainments that celebrate the language of love--The Alter of Venus concerns a gentleman, introduced to the joys of desires at a tender age, who commits himself to a sensual expedition that will last the rest of his life; and, Maid and Mistress recounts the journey of a reckless young man visiting a country house who discovers, through the pretty young maid-in-waiting, the sexual life beneath the social propriety, and avails himself to the aloof mistress of the manor.… (more)



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Carroll and Graf have produced some interesting editions of Victorian/Edwardian erotic literature, but perhaps more than most they have been over-free with their re-casting of the material they have reproduced. 'The Cunning Linguist' is their rather odd choice of portmanteau title for two quite distinct, and quite well-known erotic novels, normally entitled: 'The Altar of Venus', and 'Laura Middleton'. The latter has here been oddly named 'Maid and Mistress'. As far as I can tell, plates from earlier editions of these works have been used in this production, apart from re-pagination of the latter work to maintain uniformity throughout. My reviews of the two novels which comprise this book are, I hope, still available here. The book itself, leaving aside any confusion it causes, is a useful contribution in the genre of erotic literature. ( )
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