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Erotic literature through the ages..

With the recent explosion of erotic novels onto the market, it's easy to overlook the genre's significant presence in British literature over the past five centuries.

* 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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