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The Romance of Lust: A Classic Victorian Erotic Novel [Paperback]

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1 July 2013
A brief description of The Romance of Lust as described by Pisanus Fraxi in his book Catena Librorum Tacendorum:

"Altogether The Romance of Lust, though no masterpiece of composition, is far better written than most English works of its class. It contains scenes not surpassed by the most libidinous chapters of Justine. The episodes, however, are frequently most improbable, sometimes impossible, and are as a rule too filthy and crapulous. No attempt is made to moderate the language, but the grossest words are invariably employed. The last 26 pages of the 4th volume are occupied by Letters produced in the Divorce Case, Cavendish v. Cavendish and Rochefoucault. They are 12 in number, and were written by the young Count De La Rochefoucault, in 1859, while attaché to the French Embassy at Rome. No pen can adequately depict their nasty licentiousness; and it would appear from allusions they contain that those from the lady to whom they were addressed were still worse. The author of The Romance gives the following account of them:

"When the husband's counsel handed up the letters with the sworn . notary's translation he remarked that he thought they were too horribly scandalous to be read in Court. The judge scanned a few of them, and addressing the Count, (sic) said, "I am perfectly of your opinion, my learned brother, I shall take them home and make a point of them in my address to the Jury."

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"Some of the letters are a string of imaginary events as to how far they could carry their imaginations. The Count constantly alludes to the inferiority of his descriptions to those given in her replies. Alas! as he possesses those exciting replies of the lady they cannot be got at, but from his descriptions and the remarks on certain gross familiarities, it is evident she was gifted with as lascivious and lustful a temperament as either my aunt or the divine Frankland (two characters in The Romance of Lust.)

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Surely fact is stranger than fiction! But let us return to the novel the title of which heads my notice. The Romance of Lust is not the product of a single pen, but consists of several tales, "orient pearls at random strung," woven into a connected narrative by a gentleman, perfectly well known to the present generation of literary eccentrics and collectors, as having amassed one of the most remarkable collections of erotic pictures and bric-a-brac ever brought together. He was also an ardent traveller, and The Romance of Lust was composed during a voyage he made to Japan.

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 July 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1490590854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490590851
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Classics of the Genre 30 April 2008
This is a classic of its genre, one of the all time greats. Although towards the end of what was originally four volumes it does succumb to the commonest fault of the genre, that of turning towards a somewhat monotonous litany of permutations and combinations, it contains some of the most stimulating scenarios and situations. The tale concerns a well-endowed, precocious young man, educated at home by a young governess, with his two younger sisters. Two successive governesses fall under his spell, as do his sisters and several female visitors to their home, not to mention his mother. All his conquests are led to believe they are his earliest educators, which adds some amusement to what is hardly a boring plot. Judicious use of the birch is included, both educationally and for stimulus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars full on erotica 2 Oct 2010
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This book contains sex of all types including flagellation, incest and sodomy. Do not read if any of these offends you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully erotic 7 Feb 2012
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I'm not sure whether this is a genuine Victorian piece of erotic literature, or a modern day take one one, but whatever, it is very effective and seductive and downright erotic. But then eroticism is in the eye of the beholder to misuse a cliche. However, I would certainly recommend this story to anyone who desires a little bit of imaginative text that goes well beyond innocent fumblings. More please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Erotic Book 30 Mar 2005
Best erotic book that I came across. As I cant have its paper edition in Pakistan, I would love to have all of its text and graphics through email. Can anyone help me????
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5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best of Victorian erotica writing .... WOW 17 May 2002
By Rudolf Spoerer - Published on
Hitting the scales at over 500 pages the connosoire of Victorian erotica will absolutely read every single page probably over and over again ...... This book, first published as four volumes, is now generally reprinted as one book with all four volumes .. For those readers that have a proclivity to enjoy coming of age books as told by a young man than this is the best of all Victorian examples I have ever devoured....
A fifteen year old Charlie Roberts he manages to witness a recently married houseguest, Mrs. Benson, in the thoes of sex with her husband. The little voyeur is soon discovered by the newlywed, and, instead of becoming outraged and immediately snitching on his parents, Mrs. B swears Charlie to keep 'their secret' and she will 'reward him' for his silence. Well let me tell you what a deviously delicious reward it was, and, she went out of her way to reward Charlie over and over..... Matter of fact, she introduced Charlie to her friend and she also rewarded him over and over ......
Our hero, very quickly decides to spread his newfound knowledge with his two younger sisters and, feigning innocence, allows himself to be seduced by two successive live-in governesses, one of which he actually impregnates......
Charlie's appetite for the erotic and sexual becomes voracious as he managed to either seduce, or let himself be seduced, by practically anyone that comes within his grasp, including, of course, (it is after all Victorian erotic lit) his mother .... Male and female alike fall under his spell one way or another ....
I can't imagine much under the norms either eroticism or sexuality that isn't described in the most delicious and intimate detail in this book so it's easy to understand why repeated print runs, over the past 40 years alone, have been bought by Grove Press, Caroll & Graf, Masquarade Books and now in 2002 a new edition by Blue Moon to be relased in June. If the past sales are any indication, this edition will sell out fast as well and will also be treasured as keepsaked for those naughtiest of moments to read alone ....
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Man's sexual Journey 23 Aug 2001
By Don Brynelsen - Published on
This has to be one of the true classics of Victorian Era Erotica. It details the sexual adventures of Charlie, who at age 15 is initiated into the arts of love by an older woman staying with his family. After recieving his training, Charlie then goes on to initiate both his sisters, and their Governess Miss Evelyn, (Whom Charlie impregnates) into the sexual arts before moving out into the world to find further sexual adventures. Very well written, with a nice flow to it, this book is a must for any true conesuir of 19th century erotic literature.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman says this book is truly wonderful 26 Aug 2006
By Betelnut - Published on
Don't listen to the person who describes this book as containing abusive content--that is simply not true! There are some scenes of very mild spanking, etc., but participants are willing and eager. I think one of the reasons this erotic novel is so popular (besides the sheer number of pages describing every type of sex you can imagine!) is that our hero seems to genuinely love and respect the women (and men) that he cavorts with! He loves the hairy legs and large stomachs of the women (both young and old) and enjoys the differences between his female and male lovers. There is true affection between all the participants.

There is very explicit content--no doubt--and on practically every page too! But it is consistently entertaining and stimulating~!

As a woman, I can say that I love this book!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 4 Dec 2002
By "mermaid069" - Published on
If reading graphic ... scenes that will get your juices flowing is your thing, read on. Although there is a lot of repetitively descriptive terminology, the book is definitely a good one! It was written for pure sensual/... enjoyment! I would like to find more books written by this particular anonymous author!!
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Victorian enduring coming of age story 19 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on
My first exposure to Victorian-era erotica was actually courtesy of my mother -- by accident.

"Now, these books on the top shelf are mine," she said, pointing to a line of rather drab-looking books on the bookcase in the family room of our house. "There's no reason for you to be reading these books."

Pure challenge for a 10 year old, I'm afraid. And though I only looked at the peculiar-looking covers of the books for the next three years (for the writing inside was far too "old" for me), it was inevitable that I would start reading those books on the top shelf...and _The Romance of Lust_ was the first.

I was daunted by the size of the book, first of all; this was the Black Cat edition, with all four volumes of _TROL_ in one big book. But my initial skim of the first few pages of the book sold me. After all, it was about a young man named Charlie...not so much older than myself. It had to be cool, then, right?

Sufficed to say, reading the first volume alone was an education. Though I was aware of where babies came from and knew the clinical terminology for what a man and a woman possessed "down there," I had no idea that people could do THIS with them!

It was, quite honestly, refreshing. Though I'm the first to admit that my initial readings of _The Romance of Lust_ were strictly to gawk at the "dirty parts," my later perusals of the book as I got older showed me that "Anonymous," whomever he (or she) was, had their finger on the pulse of Victorian society -- dishing out some interesting social commentary and satire to boot.

It was also courtesy of _The Romance of Lust_ that I learned about sexual orientation. Within the pages of _TROL_, young Charlie and his siblings and friends attempted pairings I'd never considered before...with the end result being that they all enjoyed it and nowhere did anyone see the fingers of a higher power condemning them for their actions.

Whether you end up purchasing this book, or any of the other Victorian novels here at, I encourage you to take a look at the book beyond its simple sexual prose. Hiding just below all of that lies a fascinating and thoughful glimpse into a time gone by...with more meaning than you ever thought possible.
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