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Major LaCaritilie
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12 Jan 2004
No-one can read the thousands of erotic books and pamphlets that the English reading public were offered in the 19th Century. This anthology hopes to stimulate readers into exploring further erotic adventures by offering a selection of Victorian pleasures. This anthology of delicious and deviant love combines bawdy, obscene, salacious and humorous stories where themes of sado-masochism, incest and flagellation recur, sometimes shocking but often affectionate.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Carpet Books; 1st Magic Carpet Inc. Ed edition (12 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097553310X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975533109
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 16.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Erotic but certainly not Victorian 27 Nov 2006
A collection of supposedly Victorian erotica, including a submissive female secretary (a decidedly 20th century fetish, since Victorian secretaries would almost without exception have been male) and one in which our heroine wears 'skimpy panties' - hardly Victorian underwear, and described in very twentieth century language again. There are other places where language, props or storyline betray a distinctly non-Victorian authorial tone. Methinks the Major is having us on slightly. The collection is indeed rather erotic, with a 'something for everyone' approach - but I suspect it should have a disclaimer describing it as 'in the style of Victorian erotica'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Collection, But Flawed. 29 Jan 2009
The combined Victorian and Edwardian eras saw a veritable explosion in the availability of erotic literature, work which fulfilled both educational and titillatory functions at a time of public disapproval of such matters. The standard of the writing and publication was highly variable, probably a result of the lack of open scrutiny accorded to individual items, and together with the quantity of material, this has led to its current availability being patchy. There has also been a modern trend, in some ways matching the original one, for the better writings to be reissued under false identification and attribution. This volume offers a wealth of original material from the Victorian (and later) periods, and it therefore plays an important part in supplementing the current provision, which is based on what seems to be a minor part of the available literature, even though this minor part may well represent the better part. It undoubtedly achieves its modern titillatory aim, although I feel it falls short on two counts. The opportunity has been missed to provide some (at least) bibliographic detail of the extracts chosen; the volume includes a mere three-page description of the contents by `Dr Major La Caritilie'. And there are some items here that are definitely not Victorian; the extract from the 1960s `Darling', normally ascribed to `Harriet Daimler' being perhaps the most glaring anachronism. A useful, interesting book, but with shortcomings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sizzling and spicy 'hors doeurve' of the best erotica 18 Sep 2004
By Rudolf Spoerer - Published on
This whopping 600 page anthology of some of the best of Victorian erotica is an absolute treasure for the unititiated reader, and also to the avid connoisseur, who is always in search of a new book of the tasty delights of erotica....

The 34 stories in this volume contain excerpts from some of the best known and read Victorian erotica books that have been printed and reprinted since the early 19th century. The best known and devoured novels of course are; Venus School Mistress, Man with a Maid, A Weekend Visit, The Romance of Lust, Parsian Frolics, Two Flappers in Paris, School Life in Paris, and, My Secret Life. Actually, I certainly was quite pleasantly surprised to find that of this wonderfull collection I had read only eight of the thirty four .......

Since the joy of erotica is not only in the incredible variety but also in the mind of the reader you will of course find excerpts that are not to be to your particular taste, but, the great thing is that you will also find some of the stories are absolutely yummie and send you on a quest to find the full book at any cost .... Appart from the timeless classical gems listed above this book has at least ten excerpts that would warrant their own five star reviews and are each, in my mind, worth the price of this book alone.

'The Prodigal Virgin', is a story of an afternoon on a secluded beach where a young Marion is slowly and gently seduced by her new brother-in-law, Stanley. The unknown author of this book is an absolute master and paints a veritable fresco in the readers mind ....

'Norah' is a story within a story of a young girl in a convent being induced into sins of the flesh by the chaplain and the mother superior. These stories are of course part of the Victorian classic fare where young, innocent and helpless young people are forced to accept and embrace their more carnal desires ....

In 'Fobidden Fruit' a very short three page excerpt details the introduction of a young Percy in the gentle arms of his step-mother, a topic considered quite tittilating in Victorian days ...

In 'Amy Denmead's History', and in several other stories in this book we see a young Amy learning the secrets of her body with the anxious assitance of Florence, one of her very close and 'special' friends ...

I can't really review all the great pieces that I liked in this book but suffice it to say I enjoyed it and have already placed orders for some of the full volumes that have been excerted here .....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Victorian???Hardly! 9 July 2005
By NightJasmine - Published on
To call this a collection of Victorian erotica is inaccurate as this implies that all the stories are from that era. I felt rather cheated to realise that a few were obviously twentieth century additions. It might have been more accurate to have titled this a Collection of 18th -20th Century Erotica
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost Useless 18 Mar 2009
By Gregory Paul Adkins - Published on
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Not worth having. The work is not scanned in properly. It lacks a hyperlinked table of contents. SO if you want to find "A Man with a Maid" you have to click through all the pages between here and there to get to it. That sort of spoils the moment so to speak.

Heck the table of contents
R e a d s l i k e t h i s

How hard is it to do the job right?

This publication detracts from the Kindle's reputation. Amazon ought to withdraw it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Directory 24 Sep 2007
By George Novak - Published on
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This book is essentially a directory of Victorian erotica, recapping highlights of each major effort (of which there are many). Should the reader be expecting something else, he or she will almost certainly be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Truncated 24 Mar 2008
By Frank J. DeFelice - Published on
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It would have been nice if the editor included a bibliography, so people could read an entire novel. For example, The "Romance of Lust" selection doesn't do its author justice. The original is a big book, wherein the author couldn't possibly have held a job anywhere since he devoted his entire day to erotic diversions. No one was safe, not even his aunt and sisters. Well, maybe the family dog. Other selections were uninteresting too. Is the editor really a Major? Why do we need his military rank in such a book? Is he still in active duty???
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