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Ermyntrude and Esmeralda by Lytton Strachey
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Aug 08, 2011

it was ok
Recommended for: history buffs, historic-porn buffs
Read on August 08, 2011

I obtained a copy of this book out of curiosity, just to see what sort of pornography an historian would produce. A curiosity is what it is: a slender volume, quickly perused, it includes homosexuality, seduction-by-servants-of-all-ages-and-both-genders, and giddy, girlish curiosity. (As imagined by a middle-aged homosexual, mind you.)

Perhaps it would be best enjoyed at tea, when read aloud in the falsetto voice of its author.

An added pleasure to the copy I obtained (published by Stein & Day, 1969)was illustrations by Erte. Charming and very stylish.
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