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The Olympia Reader: An Anthology of Erotic & Literary Classics

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Contributors include: Henry Miller, Paul Ableman, Beauregard de Farniente, Marcus Van Heler, James Sherwood, J.P. Donleavy, Lawrence Durrell, Harriet Daimler, Charles Henri Ford, Samuel Beckett, John Cleland, Pauline Reage, Ataullah Mardaan, Jean Genet, Rank Harris, Henry Jones, Marquis de Sade, William S. Burroughs, Philip O'Connor, Maurice Girodias, Hamiltaon Drake, We W ...more
Hardcover, 891 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Grove Press (NY) (first published 1965)
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Meghan Pinson
The 5 stars are entirely and exclusively for James Sherwood's story, "Stradella," which contains lines like these:

"She plucked me like a dandelion. I sank my toe in her apple."

"She waved her arms like wands of high magic."

And this great racket of a sex scene:

"I threw her against a wall. She stuffed me in a drawer. I played in her pudendum, a kitten over pudding. She sighed and swung from a lamp. I crawled up the Venetian blinds. She whimpered and fell off the bed and split in 69 slivers. I pie
This was gifted to me on valentine's day by my husband. I adore this book. It has a series of erotic short stories and each tale is prefaced by a story by Maurice Girodias who talks about what they had to go through to publish each story. Most of these stories were written in the 1950's and so the editor had to deal with having his work confiscated for pornography, by the French police. Dark tales like The Story of O, and Spartacus come to mind.
I read this during my time working at a book shop.
Anca Rotar
Another book I can't finish. I actually find it quite unsexy, and the way women are treated in most texts makes me really uncomfortable. Frank Harris writing about how he had two teenaged mistresses at 45 was really the last drop.
Adam Patterson
Remember when "erotica" was more porny?
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