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The Way of a Man with a Maid

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  36 reviews
‘The Way of a Man with a Maid’ is a foray into pleasure, pain, lesbianism and etiquette – told from the viewpoint of a quintessential Edwardian gent. Having first appeared in Parisian journals around the turn of the century, it is widely acknowledged to be a defining example of the erotic genre, and reveals the dark underbelly of human sexuality.


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Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd (San Diego, CA) (first published 1885)
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K.J. Charles
Edwardian erotic literature, although in fact the only accurate word in that description is "Edwardian". It's an extended rape/humiliation/lesbian incest fantasy involving a torture room called The Snuggery (no, really) and it is both gross and phenomenally poorly written. The author's kink is not my kink and that's...really not OK at all, actually.

If you have a high tolerance for rape fantasy etc, you might find this an interesting period piece up to the point you hit phrases like "her virgin
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Alex
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: interior design enthusiasts
Recommended to Alex by: Shirley Jackson
Shelves: smut, 2016
"Alice came out of her room with only her shoes and stockings on," reads an imaginary woman to her inventor in Shirley Jackson's novel Hangsaman, and I was like oh, what's this now? Well, it's this book right here, an anonymously written 1908 BDSM smut novel.

Obviously I went and read it. It's free online! Hooray, internet. The best thing about it is that the sex dungeon the dude builds to trap the lady in, he calls it The Snuggery, which is just a terrific name for almost anything.
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
You know how, during Victorian times, there was a great wealth of vaudeville and doctors using vibrators on female patients and such naughty stuff, as if the very emphasis on hiding coffee table legs because they supposedly made men think of women's ankles produced, in direct contrast, a great thirst for porn. If you had thought that maybe, a hundred years and more ago, people's imaginations were much tamer than they are today, you'd be very very wrong (in fact, the history of sex is literally a ...more
V.W. Singer
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1908, this classic of erotica has largely been forgotten or ignored by todays readers. Others criticise it for it's lack of imagination, strange social attitudes, and unrealistic or incomprehensible behaviour of its characters. And yet, I have chosen to give the book five stars. Let me tell you why.

[Spoiler Warning!]



For a start, this book is just about the precursor to all the basic BDSM tropes and fantasy stories to be found today.

Haughty woman snubs her boyfriend. Boyfriend
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Jo
As an educational piece on what turned our Edwardian ancestors on, this was fascinating. It was clearly written by a man with the attitude that all women want it really and once they've been 'had' they'll become wanton little hussies who'll hump anything that moves. Some of it was kind of hot but mostly it just made me giggle at how ridiculous it was.
Angela
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kinky people and those who wonder
i found this book simply enthralling. had never read a book like it before. got me hot and bothered, was entertaining, and well-written. i just really enjoyed it.
Sylvie
May 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
how time has changed. what was considered best-selling, scandalous literature in Victorian times now reads like a note between two sixth-grade boys. well, there are some SAT level words in it, but other than that...eh.

it would also be a whole lot sexier if she didn't keep screaming "no." just sayin'.
Helena
Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculous and repetitive, with a dash of unnecessary incest. Easily the most useless book I've ever read.
Geoff Wooldridge
I have seen The Way of a Man With a Maid described as either Victorian or Edwardian erotica. I am not aware of exactly when it was published, and the author is unknown - Anonymous.

Some might call it pornography - perhaps it is, although, despite its frequent use of crude language and its explicit depiction of sexual activities, it is quite well written. Anonymous was clearly educated, and could write a coherent and well-constructed narrative.

I can quite well imagine that the Victorian gentleman
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Monnette
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
what the freak did I just read...

you know when you watch a slasher film... like American Psycho... and you HAVE to watch Christian Bale kill all those people... meticulously plan their deaths then clean up after them? That's how I felt reading about the rapes of five women. The first, Alice, was a virgin who had turned down the advances of Jack and as punishment, he planned her rape... even getting custom made furniture that clasps on its occupant to hold them in place. Somehow Alice enjoys it a
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Eve Kay
This story was an entertaining piece of easy reading. I soon noted that it is deffinitely not meant to be taken seriously. The storytelling makes it quite obvious. So out the window go my feminist initial "Oh how dare he!" reactions and in comes the "Oh how he certainly does!" reactions.
With all its very frank descriptions of matters of, well, sex it cannot have been meant for no other reason than to be something fun readers can enjoy without judgement.
And, theeeeeen...It got quite repetetive, a
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Ri
The fact that the majority of the sex described in this is non-consensual could make the writing offensive or shocking to the modern reader. Jack is an enterprising rapist who somehow gets away with it every time, and even converts his victims into lovers and accomplices. This beggars belief in the first instance, but when it happens two more times, you just shrug your shoulders or roll your eyes and go along with it; because, just like modern erotica, the credulity of the plot tends to be besid ...more
Ivy
The Mother/Daughter incest was unnecessary and made me cringe, but otherwise a very enjoyable read.
Siddhartha  Sajal
It is nothing but a rape porn story.... and actually it has no literature value.
Sangeeta K
Imagine fifty shades of grey on steroids, in the Edwardian era, possibly in either colonized America or post colonial England -this is as succinct a description I could muster. I won't even get into the nitty-gritty, this was a cheap book I bought from Sri Lanka because I was bored and needed reading material.

Should you pick up your own copy, play this drinking game - Everytime a character says, "Oh!" "Don't, Jack!" "Cunt" "Prick" "Boiling essence" and "Spend", take a shot.

You wouldn't possibly
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Ewa
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotica
Basically mild porn with very litle plot if any. Didn't like it.
Baiba
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Surprisingly good pornography (?)
Catherine
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
It's even hotter if you imagine James Mason doing it to Margaret Lockwood.
Or just Mason narrating it.
Irene Headley
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I can't say I didn't know what I was getting into. I read the reviews. I read it anyway.

I'm trying to think of it as Edwardian A/B/O, but that isn't helping.
Wren
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Deb Pauley
Victorian porn
Alan D.D.
Basura en su máxima expresión. Admito que al principio la historia me animó, saber que había sido escrito en un tiempo tan conservador y cerrado en cuanto al sexo, con lo fuerte que es, me hizo leer rápido, pero, seamos sinceros: ¿OCHENTA PÁGINAS describiendo una violación? Demasiado.
Trash at its finest. I admit that at first, the story encouraged me, knowing that it had been written in such a conservative time and closed about sex, so strong that it made me read faster, but let's face it: EIGHT
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Tracey
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
This is one of those books you know you should not enjoy but you just can't help but like it. You first start reading it and realise it's about Jack is planning on capturing Alice and rapping your till she submits to him and he doe's lots of things to her which she really enjoys. He ends up getting four more women and doing the same but with these one's Alice help it is a very sexy hot erotica if you just put the rape out of your head and just enjoy the experiences the women go through, he doesn ...more
Phil Syphe
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather than being a sinister sexual tale as I suspected it to be, this story contains much humour, and even when Jack – the anti-hero – is pushing his female victims to their sexual limits, at no point does any sense of horror creep through.

The anonymous author writes in a light-hearted tone throughout, often making me smile or even laugh. It’s as comical a tale as it is sexual. The well-spoken characters sound amusing when they suddenly use an expletive or ‘talk dirty’. Somehow what normally st
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Taren Yelle
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
The Way of a Man with a Maid is a quick erotic read, light of tone and tongue in cheek. The prose is delightfully stylized, a breathless edwardian tone that lends a humorous lilt to the carnal story of lust and revenge. The short vignettes take the reader through progressive levels of BDSM kink, beginning with bodice-ripper rape fantasy and gentle boundary pushing, and ending in much more starkly taboo material.

It's not for all folks, but for those who might enjoy their boundaries being stretche
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Conor
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I seem to recall picking this book up at a second hand bookshop, it being billed as a historical alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey.

The only book that has made me actually retch. Gross. I would consider myself to have a fairly high tolerance for swearing and/or vulgarity, but this was gratuitous, excessive, but worst of all, mind-numbingly repetitive. Can't imagine this would tickle anyone's tadger, and I can't see any other reason why one would read it. Perhaps noteworthy for breaking ground w
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PenNPaper52
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I have never been that interested in erotica, bt I had heard a lot about this book and wanted to know what all the hoopla was about. It was definitely a shocking, disgusting, revolting book. If this is erotica at its best, I prefer to stay away from such books. The one surprising thing I found out later was that although the book was published anonymously, it has come to light that the author was a woman. A woman writing like a man, I have to salute her, for the book is written like a man, for a ...more
Ari
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was a teenager I thought this was perphaps the best erotic novel I read in those days. Thus I decided to read it againg. Somewhat a disappointment as reminiscences so often tend to be. Probably teenaged boys are easier to entertain on this field :-)

Anyway, I read this trough and there were still bits and pieces which were titillating. Every man should have a room like that. Let alone female friends :-)

Ok. This was a classic and can be therefore considered a "must read". I might try the re
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Michael Leviton
Jul 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is too hot to read on the subway. Seriously.
vie
Dec 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ahh well its a "nice" book for those cold rainy winter days :"> ...more
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