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ò My Secret Life ☆ Download by ↠´ Henry Spencer Ashbee You will read few books as bizarre as this one It s the multi volume memoir of an anonymous Victorian gentleman, recounting his prodigious sexual exploits with a bewildering variety of partners ranging from whores to little girls to young men to aristocratic ladies and the weird thing is, it s way too weird to be firmly shelved on the Victorian Porn shelf, a la The Pearl It s too compulsive, too fixated on inconsequential detail to be serving the principally utilitarian interests of the genre It s also too self involved to be truly pornographic there s humor here, but it s minimal The book was originally printed by a private European publisher, and the printing was extremely small a handful of copies and somehow one of them ended up, about thirty years ago, in the hands of Grove Press Theories abound as to the identity of the author, but it s the anonymity of the author that s the key to its nature as an archive of experience, a collection of worldly encounters that matter mainly in their enumeration This is autobiography as mathematics.
This is one of the bawdiest books I ve ever read, and if anyone ever tries to tell you the Victorians were uptight about sex, point them at this volume It offers an unparalleled glimpse into Victorian sexuality, from everything to social attitudes toward the female body generally and unsurprisingly, they re there for male consumption , sexual awakening and exploration not always consensual , relationships between the monied class and their domestics, prostitution by choice and by chance , birth control and abortion, and underwear and toilet habits.
Being a diary, it can be tedious in places where the author recounts multiple events in extreme, sometimes monotonous detail But the author is also self deprecating and achingly human throughout much of the volume It s fascinating to read about something discussed so little during the actual period, and in the author s own words.
Sort of hard to form an opinion of this book On one hand it it is at first disturbing because the writer begins with recollections of being abused as a child and then moves on to his harassing, exploiting, raping, purchasing and seducing women At times he seems almost delusional in his belief that every woman wants it so i suspect that some of what he believes are seductions are really not as consenting as he thinks On the other hand, here is a rare insight into the sexual psychology of the Victorian man and also some of unsavory particulars of the time Bathroom habits and lack of undergarments for one thing, access to abortions for another I wrote a paper on gender and sexual anxieties as portrayed in Victorian fiction, and that was how i heard about this book, and I wish I would have had this for that paper It s fascinating to watch the narrator as he cycles through immature to worldly, powerful to powerless, confident to sheepish, and lewd to ashamed.
There are some issues with knowing how much we can trust this narrator, butimportant than the truth of each incident, I think, is getting a glimpse at the way language and desires are put together I have lost track of all the slang and nicknames for body parts and functions It is always interesting to see that the things we assumed were so repressed at this time had multiple descriptive phrases Something about his accumulators rogering to frig a wench s motte with his pego So randy Basically, if you are looking for a sexy sexy book, this might disappoint you Every page has sex and bawdy talk, but some of it is sort of depressing and or morally sickening I don t mean that in a depraved acts sort of way, but that for me it was hard to read these true stories about Walter s mistreatment of so many of these girls and servants, and yet at times I also felt sorry for him His beliefs about his body and illness and his overpowering need for women are honest and almost pitiful i wish i could knowabout his non secret life.
To sum up my review This is a gold mine for anyone researching Victorian literature, sexual psychology or sociology But, if you re looking for a jolly good time this won t hit the right note with everyone.
Boy, is this really happening in the Victorian era I remember so well reading Sense and Sensibility and waiting for the bloody kiss to happenbut noooo, you can t have that in a Victorian novel while the reality was actually so bloody obscene D So this novel was interesting first for putting into light the underground sexual life of women and men in the very puritan Victorian era and second, as a step in the erotica evolution from Life of an Amorous Man where explicit descriptions were close to zero to Anais Nin s beautiful sensual images, or if you want, to the amazing sexual fantasy of Pauline R age I admired very much the author philosophy which should be applied even by some modern persons , therefore i ll use it to conclude Many who have not experienced our pleasures, consider them bestial But the various bodily functions such as eating, drinking, urinating, copulating are their equally bestial No they consider them quite natural, to which all indulge And then so are the erotic games that a man and a woman conceive everything is permitted if they do it for their mutual pleasure The uncouth, the dull that consider women only as a mass of meat with a hole, which did not fancy, which are unable to conceive sexual pleasures, which copulate only when the excess of semen makes the cock eager, they are precisely the bestial ones, because their behavior is very similar to that of animals The couple blessed with imagination who can conceive games unknown to animals rises the intercourse to a spiritual height, makes it a dream of the senses, does of lust and love a poetic, ethereal, celestial delirium You will read few books as bizarre as this one It s the multi volume memoir of an anonymous Victorian gentleman, recounting his prodigious sexual exploits with a bewildering variety of partners ranging from whores to little girls to young men to aristocratic ladies and the weird thing is, it s way too weird to be firmly shelved on the Victorian Porn shelf, a la The Pearl It s too compulsive, too fixated on inconsequential detail to be serving the principally utilitarian interests of the genre It s also too self involved to be truly pornographic there s humor here, but it s minimal The book was originally printed by a private European publisher, and the printing was extremely small a handful of copies and somehow one of them ended up, about thirty years ago, in the hands of Grove Press Theories abound as to the identity of the author, but it s the anonymity of the author that s the key to its nature as an archive of experience, a collection of worldly encounters that matter mainly in their enumeration This is autobiography as mathematics.
This is one of the bawdiest books I ve ever read, and if anyone ever tries to tell you the Victorians were uptight about sex, point them at this volume It offers an unparalleled glimpse into Victorian sexuality, from everything to social attitudes toward the female body generally and unsurprisingly, they re there for male consumption , sexual awakening and exploration not always consensual , relationships between the monied class and their domestics, prostitution by choice and by chance , birth control and abortion, and underwear and toilet habits.
Being a diary, it can be tedious in places where the author recounts multiple events in extreme, sometimes monotonous detail But the author is also self deprecating and achingly human throughout much of the volume It s fascinating to read about something discussed so little during the actual period, and in the author s own words.
Sort of hard to form an opinion of this book On one hand it it is at first disturbing because the writer begins with recollections of being abused as a child and then moves on to his harassing, exploiting, raping, purchasing and seducing women At times he seems almost delusional in his belief that every woman wants it so i suspect that some of what he believes are seductions are really not as consenting as he thinks On the other hand, here is a rare insight into the sexual psychology of the Victorian man and also some of unsavory particulars of the time Bathroom habits and lack of undergarments for one thing, access to abortions for another I wrote a paper on gender and sexual anxieties as portrayed in Victorian fiction, and that was how i heard about this book, and I wish I would have had this for that paper It s fascinating to watch the narrator as he cycles through immature to worldly, powerful to powerless, confident to sheepish, and lewd to ashamed.
There are some issues with knowing how much we can trust this narrator, butimportant than the truth of each incident, I think, is getting a glimpse at the way language and desires are put together I have lost track of all the slang and nicknames for body parts and functions It is always interesting to see that the things we assumed were so repressed at this time had multiple descriptive phrases Something about his accumulators rogering to frig a wench s motte with his pego So randy Basically, if you are looking for a sexy sexy book, this might disappoint you Every page has sex and bawdy talk, but some of it is sort of depressing and or morally sickening I don t mean that in a depraved acts sort of way, but that for me it was hard to read these true stories about Walter s mistreatment of so many of these girls and servants, and yet at times I also felt sorry for him His beliefs about his body and illness and his overpowering need for women are honest and almost pitiful i wish i could knowabout his non secret life.
To sum up my review This is a gold mine for anyone researching Victorian literature, sexual psychology or sociology But, if you re looking for a jolly good time this won t hit the right note with everyone.
Boy, is this really happening in the Victorian era I remember so well reading Sense and Sensibility and waiting for the bloody kiss to happenbut noooo, you can t have that in a Victorian novel while the reality was actually so bloody obscene D So this novel was interesting first for putting into light the underground sexual life of women and men in the very puritan Victorian era and second, as a step in the erotica evolution from Life of an Amorous Man where explicit descriptions were close to zero to Anais Nin s beautiful sensual images, or if you want, to the amazing sexual fantasy of Pauline R age I admired very much the author philosophy which should be applied even by some modern persons , therefore i ll use it to conclude Many who have not experienced our pleasures, consider them bestial But the various bodily functions such as eating, drinking, urinating, copulating are their equally bestial No they consider them quite natural, to which all indulge And then so are the erotic games that a man and a woman conceive everything is permitted if they do it for their mutual pleasure The uncouth, the dull that consider women only as a mass of meat with a hole, which did not fancy, which are unable to conceive sexual pleasures, which copulate only when the excess of semen makes the cock eager, they are precisely the bestial ones, because their behavior is very similar to that of animals The couple blessed with imagination who can conceive games unknown to animals rises the intercourse to a spiritual height, makes it a dream of the senses, does of lust and love a poetic, ethereal, celestial delirium I can t really rate this book as an enjoyable read but My Secret Life is invaluable for anyone interested in Victoriana The voluminous work details the exploits of a bounder who rarely looks for sexual partners from his own social class but instead rapes and pillages the vaginas and other orifaces of poor girls, maids, sailors and street prostitues with joyous abandon My Secret Life is19th Century social history than erotica Emotions are rarely involved, the sex often brutal, the author s contempt for those from the lower classes and women as a whole at all times palpable.
I could write oodles on this book All I can say here is that it s worth a read even though Walter s exploits can be repetitive Then, blammo, he tries something new to satisfy his curiosity Foucauldian will to knowledge To think that this was abridged from 11 journals worth of materials P.
S Let s bring back the term gamahuching.
My Secret Life Is Perhaps The Most Infamous Of All Underground Victorian Erotica It Is The Sexual Memoir Of A Well To Do Gentleman Who Began At An Early Age To Keep A Diary Of His Erotic Behavior He Continues This Record For Over Years, Creating In The Process A Unique Social Psychological Document Authorship Of The Book Is Mysterious Henry Spencer Ashbee, A Book Collector, Writer Bibliographer Notable For His Particular Focus On Sexuality Is Suspected By Some To Be Walter He Is Very Likely The Compiler Of The Book S Index, The Provider Of Some Editorial Assistance The Person Who Saw The Text Into PrintGershon Legman Was St To Link Walter Ashbee In Legman S Introduction To The Reprints Of Ashbee S Bibliographies The Grove Press Edition Of My Secret Life Included An Expanded Version Of That EssayMore Recently, However, Ian Gibson S The Erotomaniac The Secret Life Of Henry Spencer Ashbee , ISBN Provides A Detailed Review Of Circumstantial Evidence Arguing That Ashbee Wrote My Secret Life , Presumably Weaving Fantasy Anecdotes From Friends In With His Own Real Life Experiences Just Prior To This, In May , Channel UK Broadcast A Documentary, Walter The Secret Life Of A Victorian Pornographer , Which Also Claimed That Ashbee Was Walter One of the most bizarre books of erotica ever written, it seems to be less an account of any actual events than a stream of consciousness of episodic fantasies perhaps the man sat down at his table every night and wrote himself a little something to wank to It s not good, in the traditional sense, but it is extremely revealing of Victorian erotica, psychology, class structure, and muchan interesting snapshot of what was taboo in those days, and the apparently unparalleled normalcy of the occasional bout of gonorrhea.
I found this raunchy little number at a bookstore in Paris Quartier Latin If I remember correctly, it chronicles the many and various sexual exploits of a Victorian bachelor as he makes the rounds at all the posh resorts in Europe It s graphic to the point of technical, and quickly gets tedious, although one quickie encounter with a sailor and a prostitute in a muddy alley stands out as particularly funny and original I didn t finish the book, but sold it in Prague because it made me feel dirty.
Victorian fun from behind closed doors The anonymous author doesn t flinch in details that would equal a good issue of Hustler and proves that sex doesn t change, only the clothes people undress Whether fact, fiction, or both, as history and erotica this book is essential and once read will stay with you for life.


I could write oodles on this book All I can say here is that it s worth a read even though Walter s exploits can be repetitive Then, blammo, he tries something new to satisfy his curiosity Foucauldian will to knowledge To think that this was abridged from 11 journals worth of materials P.
S Let s bring back the term gamahuching.
I can t really rate this book as an enjoyable read but My Secret Life is invaluable for anyone interested in Victoriana The voluminous work details the exploits of a bounder who rarely looks for sexual partners from his own social class but instead rapes and pillages the vaginas and other orifaces of poor girls, maids, sailors and street prostitues with joyous abandon My Secret Life is19th Century social history than erotica Emotions are rarely involved, the sex often brutal, the author s contempt for those from the lower classes and women as a whole at all times palpable.
One of the most bizarre books of erotica ever written, it seems to be less an account of any actual events than a stream of consciousness of episodic fantasies perhaps the man sat down at his table every night and wrote himself a little something to wank to It s not good, in the traditional sense, but it is extremely revealing of Victorian erotica, psychology, class structure, and muchan interesting snapshot of what was taboo in those days, and the apparently unparalleled normalcy of the occasional bout of gonorrhea.
I found this raunchy little number at a bookstore in Paris Quartier Latin If I remember correctly, it chronicles the many and various sexual exploits of a Victorian bachelor as he makes the rounds at all the posh resorts in Europe It s graphic to the point of technical, and quickly gets tedious, although one quickie encounter with a sailor and a prostitute in a muddy alley stands out as particularly funny and original I didn t finish the book, but sold it in Prague because it made me feel dirty.
Victorian fun from behind closed doors The anonymous author doesn t flinch in details that would equal a good issue of Hustler and proves that sex doesn t change, only the clothes people undress Whether fact, fiction, or both, as history and erotica this book is essential and once read will stay with you for life.