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Alt Porn: Erotic Reads From The Victorian Era

Just because something is old-fashioned doesn’t mean it’s useless. Case in point: Victorian literature that focuses on the erotic. Check out these original dirty reads from the bygone era…

  1. The Pearl was an anonymous monthly journal that began circulating in 1879 with naughty stories, jokes, and letters. This compilation includes some classic sleaze stories that you might find surprisingly detailed (for example, who knew the Victorians used the word f*ck?). A sampling from the very first issue, in a story called “Sub-Umbra, Or Sport Among the She-Noodles,” takes on incest: “Ah, coz dear, can you be so innocent? Feel here the dart of love all impatient to enter the mossy grotto between your thighs.” [$10.85, Amazon.com]
  2. My Secret Life, published in 1900, claims to be a sexual autobiography written by Anonymous, who calls his character “Walter.” He starts off at practically the beginning of his life, recounting his earliest sexual recollections at the age of about six where his governess basically rapes him. The extremely long book details Walter’s many, many romps with prostitutes and women of every walk of life. [$13, Amazon.com]
  3. If you want a wide sampling, check out this anthology, Masterpieces of Victorian Erotica, which provides the best short porno reads of the period. An excerpt from “The Kitchen Maid’s New Quarters” is intriguing for being both hilariously old school and modern at the same time: “So I f**ked her standing up…I showed her my dark, red prick…She looked at it, and was moved, because, as she said it was the first time she’d ever seen a city fellow’s prick. ‘All right now, tit for tat,’ I said. ‘Let’s see yours.’” [$12.21, Amazon.com]
  4. Venus in Furs and its author, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, became famous for aiding in the development of sadism. The novel tells of a man in love with a woman, who finds passion by being her slave. While the ending is completely anti-feminist, the book is still a great read. [$12, Amazon.com]
  5. As a supplementary suggestion for those who don’t want to wade through the flowery language of original texts, but are still intrigued by the sexual world of the Victorians, check out Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters, a recent novel about lesbianism in England at the time that’s a guaranteed page-turner. [$10.88, Amazon.com]
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