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The Collector's Edition of Lost Erotic Novels [Paperback]

Anais Nin
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9 Jan 2005
The history of erotic literature is long and distinguished. It holds valuable insights and lessons for the general reader, the sociologist and the student of sexual behaviour. Because of the inherent value to all students of the human condition of these classic erotic works, these books have not been altered in any way, shape or form. These stories are presented to the reader exactly as they first appeared in print and all the subtleties are exposed to the readers' view.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Carpet Books (9 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975533177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975533178
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning read 8 Mar 2009
If you want a beautiful, open, erotic read then this is the book for you. All the stories are amazingly depicted and created and sensuously dripping.

This is a book you will never forget.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Collection of Works Not Really 'Lost' 10 Dec 2006
This is a collection of erotic literature which performs a useful service in putting into print a number of novels that are (generally speaking) hard to find, although use of the word `Lost' in the title seems to be something of an overstatement. I own, or have traced, other editions of the four works included here: `Instruments of the Passion, by Anonymous; `Misfortunes of Mary', by Anonymous; `White Stains', by Anais Nin; and `Innocence', by Harriet Daimler. The first one has been published by Masquerade under the authorship of Alizarin Lake, and the second may be the same as that listed by Amazon as a work of 'Arnold Kem'. The other two are even better known. That said, it is a useful collection. `Instruments' is a lengthy novel, detailing the progress of a young woman into extreme submission, treating its subject with a rather broader erotic appeal than `L'Histoire d'O'. `Mary' seems to be a Victorian/Edwardian tale of the corruption of another female innocent, and these are the two works likely to be less familiar to devotees of this genre. A `useful' book, therefore, if you lack other editions of the four works, but here, as much as anywhere in the genre, you have to be aware that the definition of `anonymous' can sometimes be rather flexible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four HOT classic erotica stories 3 Jan 2006
By Rudolf Spoerer - Published on Amazon.com
It certainly seems to me that some of the best erotic literature was written in Victorian times when, absent TV's, DVD's and pay per view porn and erotica, most people had to find thewir erotic enjoyment with friends, family, neighbours, and, most importantantly in their own minds.

This wonderful book of four full erotic novels certainly brings that point home.

In 'The Instruments of Passion' a young man decides to join a very much monastery with only seven members that practiced some, what would appear to be strange, rituals of bondage and the whipping of a very young girl, also a resident, named Daisy. The young writer is astonished by her beauty and her willingness to submit to the torture and pain of the monks daily ritual. Everything seems so normal, so traditional and so important in their search for inner peace that our innocent observer very quickly accepts all .... That is until a certain day when there is a 'graduation' of sorts and our young innocent's world and his unrequited love for Daisy comes to a crashing end ....

In 'The Misfortunes of Mary' we find another very much Victorian novel where a mature Colonel Barrington agrees to a secretarial contract with a very and beautifull young girl, Mary. Although all appears normal, our young secretary, now contractually bound, finds that she is in an impossible postion and the jaded colonel immediately starts to play mind games demanding her total submission to those yummie yummie whims.

The author takes the reader along a meandering erotica path making all seem rather 'normal' and of course understandable .... A great book for those that appreciate Victorian erotica..

In 'White Stains', the third novel by Naais Nin we are treated to four very short mini stories that are the hallmark of a very eclectic author whose works many people have grown to love.

Finally, in 'Innocence' by Harrier Daimler a young and very sickly Adrian is confined to bed on the very edge of death when finally his mother and father decide to hire a nurse to care for their son in his last days. Again, in this contemporary erotica, all is not what it seems. While the world around him sees Adrian as a poor sickly boy, the reader is treated to the real secret life of Adrian where he is able to use his weakness and intelligence to get 'everthing' he wants from the nursemaid, Rose, while pretty well controlling everyone else around him ....

A great mind bending and deliciously naughty work by this author .... I loved it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Won't appeal to most of us 15 Sep 2008
By Judith - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading Victorian erotica for a very long time. I realize that spanking and whipping are frequent themes in Victorian erotica. Also, it's common for men in these novels to more or less force themselves on women. I expect some of that, and usually overlook those parts figuring that's part of the historical context. However, this book contains way too much rape and sexual violence for my taste, and very little that is erotic.

The first book is The Instruments of Passion. A young girl is a prisoner in a "monastary" of sorts. She is beaten by the monks each night. When she reaches a milestone birthday each monk rapes her while she is tied up and struggling. I didn't finish this book. It was all ugly to me. However, if you like S&M or have gang rape fantasies you might like it.

The second book is The Misfortunes of Mary. In this one a Madam lures a young innocent girl into her house by placing a fake ad for a secretary. The young lady finds herself locked into a room with a retired Colonel who rapes and beats her. Unbeknownst to both the colonel and the victim, three men are paying to watch the rape. After the colonel leaves those three men also rape and beat the poor girl. However, one girl was not enough for them, so they have the daughter of one of the three men brought in, and she is also raped and beaten. Not at all erotic to me, but it may be to some.

The third book is a collection of stories listed as being by Anais Nin "and friends." These are better. There is one very lovely story about a soldier who spend the night in an attic with his ladylove. It is her first time with a man. No rape, no beating. I really liked that story, but it is not worth the price of the whole book

The final book is Innocence. This one is very strange, and only partly about sex. A young girl is confined to bed. She and her parents know she will eventually die. Although her parents are concerned and caring, she hates them. She is filed with dark, secret thoughts of hatred. She is extremely spoiled and unsympathetic. As her condition worsens a nursemaid is brought in. The girl and the nursemaid have some lesbian sex, even though the girl dislikes the nursemaid and thinks of her only as a servant. The girl wants to know about male female sex. She forces the nursemaid to seduce her father. The girl pretends to be asleep, while the nursemaid seduces him to have sex right in the same bed with his invalid daughter. The second part of the book is told from the point of view of a young male cousin who arrives from France. He knows the girl is dying. His goal is to set himself up as the heir to the family fortune. He and his father use women and sex for financial gain. He is a nasty piece of work, as bad as his sickly cousin. The sex scenes in this book are not especially explicit or well described, which is fine because none of the characters were inspiring anyway. You might read this last book because it is oddly interesting, but it is in no way erotic.

I think there is a good reason that most of these books are "lost" as the anthology title states.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anthology withour authos' names 4 July 2007
By Chine Sade - Published on Amazon.com
I just bought the book "The Collector's Edition of Victorian Lesbian Erotica" and "The Collector's Edition of Victorian Lesbian Erotica" from Amazon. I find there's some question in edition of the two books. As anthologies, the books include many novels, but they do not have bibliography and I can not firnd authors' names of these novels,we even want to know more about these authors' information. Anyway, the books should indicate which novles are full and others are excerpts(we should know the excerpt from which chapter of the original novel ).I have no idea of them. So I am not very satisfactory of the two books.
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