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The English Governess

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A classic of Canadian erotica, this is the original restored edition of the flagellation story Glassco crafted for the notorious Paris publisher Maurice Girodias and his Olympia Press.

John Glassco (1909-1981) came from an established Montréal family, and lived the better part of his life near the village of Foster in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. He was a distinguished
Paperback, 133 pages
Published December 5th 2000 by Dundurn / The Golden Dog Press (first published 1960)
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I read this title because I heard it was a literary classic about female domination. Because I had read “Venus in fur”, which is also a classic in femdom literature, I was expecting a work of similar rank. I was quite disappointed. It’s almost only discipline through corporal punishment, and a bit of humiliation. I didn't connect much with the characters as it is more telling than showing. There is quite a bit of vanilla sex and the s&m portion is very extreme, repetitive and unarousing.
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He also published under the pseudonyms Miles Underwood, Sylvia Bayer, George Colman and Jean De Saint-Luc.

John Glassco was a Canadian poet, memoirist, novelist and translator. Glassco will be remembered for his brilliant autobiography, his elegant, classical poems, his translations and his erotica.

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