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The Way of a Man with a Maid (Harper Perennial Forbidden Classics)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  233 Ratings  ·  27 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, 256 pages
Published January 19th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published 1885)
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Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Vittoria Corella

"Why doesn't someone simply report Jack to the police?"
Te lo chiedi dall’inizio alla fine: ma a ‘sto tizio non lo denuncia nessuno?
Libro erotico sottile come un preservativo ricavato da una camera d’aria del giro d’Italia, narra le prodezze di Jack (un nome, un destino) che ogni volta che viene rifiutato da una ragazza, la rapisce, la porta in una specie di sotterraneo molto De Sade e la stupra con tale e tanta fantasia, che la tizia di turno, invece che
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, erotica
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
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

it would also be a whole lot sexier if she didn't keep screaming "no." just sayin'.
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