Erotic literature through the ages..
* 16th century - The lustful relationship in William Shakespeare's hugely successful poem Venus And Adonis (1593) embodies a sexual excitement and passion rarely seen in Renaissance Literature.
* 17th century - In line with the changing attitudes towards society and sexuality, the 3rd Earl of Rochester published his crudely erotic satire A Ramble In St James' Park (1670s).
* 18th century - With the rise of the novel came John Cleland's extremely racy Fanny Hill, or Memoirs Of A Woman Of Pleasure, in 1748 (pictured). This is generally considered to be the first example of literary pornography.
* 19th century - The Lustful Turk, or Lascivious Scenes From a Harem, was a pre-Victorian epistolary novel first published anonymously in 1828. It was dubbed 'obscene' and the printer, William Dugdale, was prosecuted.
* 20th century - Lady Chatterley's Lover caused controversy with a class barrier-breaking tale of a passionate post-war affair in 1928. Penguin finally published it in Britain in 1960 and was consequently taken to court under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Aug 9, 2012|
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