This surprisingly explicit sample of Victorian erotica follows the sexual awakening and subsequent adventures of its author, Kate Percival, the "belle of the Delaware." Content warning: this one is definitely NC-17 rated.
The Life and Amours
Beautiful, Gay and Dashing
The Belle of the Delaware
Written by herself
Voluptuous, Exciting, Amorous and Delighting
I am about to do a bold thing. I am about to give to the world the
The framing story concerns a man who dreams of speaking to Venus about love while she wears furs. The unnamed narrator tells his dreams to a friend, Severin, who tells him how to break him of his fascination with cruel women by reading a manuscript, Memoirs of a Supersensual Man.
This manuscript tells of a man, Severin von Kusiemski, so infatuated with a woman, Wanda von Dunajew, that he requests to be treated as her slave, and encourages her to treat him in progressively more degrading ways. At first Wanda does not understand or relate to the request, but after humouring Severin a...
This is the first of five volumes. – Giacomo Casanova (1725 in Venice – 1798 in Dux, Bohemia, now Duchcov, Czech Republic) was a famous Venetian adventurer, writer, and womanizer. He used charm, guile, threats, intimidation, and aggression, when necessary, to conquer women, sometimes leaving behind children or debt. In his autobiography Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century, he mentions 122 women with whom he had sex.
Although he is often associated with Don Juan...
Les Chansons de Bilitis furent publiées en 1894 : il s'agit d'une collection de poèmes sulfureux et passionnés par une déesse fictive, Bilitis, inventée par le véritable auteur Pierre Lou"ys, et dont la vie est retracée dans la préface. Elle aurait vécu sur l'^ile de Lesbos où elle aurait été rivale de Sappho, puis à Chypre.
Pierre Lou"ys a poussé le jeu jusqu'à ponctuer ces poèmes érotiques de références pour perturber le lecteur (exemple: "non traduit"). (résumé par Nadine)
Michael Kohlhaas is an 1811 novella by Heinrich von Kleist, based on a 16th-century story of Hans Kohlhase. Both the theme (a fanatical quest for justice) and the style (existentialist detachment posing as a chronicle) are surprisingly modern. They resonated with other writers more than a century after it was written. Kafka devoted one of only two public appearances in his whole life to reading passages from Michael Kohlhaas. Kafka said that he "could not even think of" this work "without being moved to tears and enthusiasm."
THE GERMAN CLASSICS
Also known as the "Roman Elegies," Erotica Romana is von Goethe's literary tribute to human sexuality and eroticism. Written in 24 elegies to emulate classical Roman elegy writers such as Tibullus, Propertius, and Catullus, von Goethe creates a lyrical work of art that has often been subject to censorship.
By Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Here's where I've planted my garden and here I shall care for love's blossoms
As I am taught by my muse, carefully sort them in plots:
Fertile branches, whose product is golden fruit of my lifetim...