Sins of the Cities of the Plain

Sins of the Cities of the Plain Author Jack Saul
ISBN-10 9781596542860
Year 2006-01-01
Pages 124
Language en
Publisher Olympia Press
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Written 12 years before Teleny by Saul and a likely ghostwriter, this account of Victorian cross-dressing and rent-boys is a legend all its own. The work draws on the author's own experiences with an all-male brothel in Cleveland Street (later shut down scandalously.) Originally subtitled: "or, The Recollections of a Mary-Anne."

Miss Betty

Miss Betty Author Bram Stoker
ISBN-10 1515121380
Year 2015-07-18
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher CreateSpace
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Miss Betty is a romance novel by Bram Stoker, written in 1898. It was published one year after the release of Stoker's Dracula. Stoker believed in progress and took a keen interest in science and science-based medicine. Some Stoker novels, such as The Lady of the Shroud (1909), represent early examples of science fiction. He had a writer's interest in the occult, notably mesmerism, but despised fraud and believed in the superiority of the scientific method over superstition. Stoker counted J. W. Brodie-Innis, a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, among his friends and hired member Pamela Colman Smith as an artist for the Lyceum Theatre, but no evidence suggests that Stoker ever joined the Order himself.

Letters from Laura and Eveline

Letters from Laura and Eveline Author Justin O'Hearn
ISBN-10 1939140714
Year 2013-10-01
Pages 110
Language en
Publisher
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In his "Bibliography of Prohibited Books" (1885), Henry Ashbee, the noted Victorian collector of erotic literature, described "Letters from Laura and Eveline" as follows: "There is a boldness in the idea upon which are based the two letters comprised in this volume, which, in spite of its monstrosity, might, with an abler and more delicate treatment, have lent itself to the creation of an attractive narrative. Conceptions equally impossible and contrary to the laws of nature have been productive of readable stories. Laura and Eveline are hermaphrodites, capable of enjoyment both active and passive, and they recount the incidents of their weddings, which take place simultaneously. [...] After these details, as disgusting as they are absurd, follows the description of an orgie, still more filthy and impossible, enacted by numerous ladies and gentlemen, at a London club, in honour of the said nuptials. The work, which is from the pen of its publisher, is mainly remarkable for its gross obscenity both in idea and language, and possesses no literary merit whatever." "Letters from Laura and Eveline" was first published in 1883 and was marketed as an "appendix" to the better-known "The Sins of the Cities of the Plain" (1881). Inspired in part by the real-life case of Boulton and Park, two young men whose cross-dressing led to their prosecution for sodomy in London in 1871, this text is, as Justin O'Hearn argues in his introduction to this edition, a fascinating example of the erotic literature that was clandestinely published in the late Victorian era. This edition reprints the only example of the book known to exist, the copy of the 1903 edition held by the British Library, and features an appendix containing rare contextual materials and illustrations.

The Sins of Jack Saul Second Edition The True Story of Dublin Jack and The Cleveland Street Scandal

The Sins of Jack Saul  Second Edition   The True Story of Dublin Jack and The Cleveland Street Scandal Author Glenn Chandler
ISBN-10 9781786237682
Year 2016-09-09
Pages 300
Language en
Publisher Grosvenor House Publishing
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The Cleveland Street scandal, involving a homosexual brothel reputedly visited by the Queen's grandson, shocked Victorian Britain in 1889. This is the first full-length account of one of its key players, Jack Saul, a working class Irish Catholic rent boy who worked his way into the upper echelons of the aristocracy, and wrote the notorious pornographic memoir The Sins of the Cities of the Plain. Glenn Chandler, creator of Taggart, explores his colourful but tragic life and reveals for the first time the true story about what really went on behind the velvet curtains of Number 19 Cleveland Street.

Eco Socialism

Eco Socialism Author David Pepper
ISBN-10 9781134861880
Year 2002-09-26
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Letters from Laura and Eveline

Letters from Laura and Eveline Author Anonymous
ISBN-10 1941147577
Year 2015-01-27
Pages 110
Language en
Publisher
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In his "Bibliography of Prohibited Books" (1885), Henry Ashbee, the noted Victorian collector of erotic literature, described "Letters from Laura and Eveline" as follows: "There is a boldness in the idea upon which are based the two letters comprised in this volume, which, in spite of its monstrosity, might, with an abler and more delicate treatment, have lent itself to the creation of an attractive narrative. Conceptions equally impossible and contrary to the laws of nature have been productive of readable stories. Laura and Eveline are hermaphrodites, capable of enjoyment both active and passive, and they recount the incidents of their weddings, which take place simultaneously. [...] After these details, as disgusting as they are absurd, follows the description of an orgie, still more filthy and impossible, enacted by numerous ladies and gentlemen, at a London club, in honour of the said nuptials. The work, which is from the pen of its publisher, is mainly remarkable for its gross obscenity both in idea and language, and possesses no literary merit whatever." "Letters from Laura and Eveline" was first published in 1883 and was marketed as an "appendix" to the better-known "The Sins of the Cities of the Plain" (1881). Inspired in part by the real-life case of Boulton and Park, two young men whose cross-dressing led to their prosecution for sodomy in London in 1871, this text is, as Justin O'Hearn argues in his introduction to this edition, a fascinating example of the erotic literature that was clandestinely published in the late Victorian era. This edition reprints the only example of the book known to exist, the copy of the 1903 edition held by the British Library, and features an appendix containing rare contextual materials and illustrations.

Jubb Valancourt 20th Century Classics

Jubb  Valancourt 20th Century Classics Author Keith Waterhouse
ISBN-10 1941147771
Year 2015-04-28
Pages 220
Language en
Publisher
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C. L. Jubb is thirty-six, married, gainfully employed, and active in his community, both in local government and as a volunteer youth leader working with disadvantaged boys. But as he narrates the story of his downfall, we begin to see that he is other things as well: a voyeur, a fetishist, a racist, an admirer of Mussolini, and above all, a man obsessed by his sexual fantasies. With its unforgettable protagonist - odious yet pitiable, vile yet oddly sympathetic - Keith Waterhouse's third novel is both a gripping case study of a social and sexual misfit and an unsettling but wickedly funny social satire. "Jubb" (1963) was a departure from Waterhouse's first two novels, the classic of childhood "There is a Happy Land" and the comic masterpiece "Billy Liar," but like those works it was widely acclaimed by critics, who compared it favorably with Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita." This edition, the first in decades, features a new introduction by Alice Ferrebe and a reproduction of the original dust jacket art. 'Magnificent ... an achievement that puts Mr. Waterhouse above all his contemporary novelists.' - "Washington D.C. Star" 'An important book and one of the finest in months ... a fascinating novel.' - "Cleveland Plain Dealer" '[A]dmirable . . . indeed a very funny book.' - "New York Times"

The Godsend Valancourt 20th Century Classics

The Godsend  Valancourt 20th Century Classics Author Bernard Taylor
ISBN-10 1941147755
Year 2015-04-14
Pages 174
Language en
Publisher
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Alan and Kate Marlowe are a typical, loving, middle-class couple, with four young children. But they wish they had just one more, a beautiful baby daughter. So when a strange young woman abandons her infant at their house, they view it as a blessing-a godsend-and adopt little Bonnie as their own. But it is not long after Bonnie's arrival before terrible things begin to happen to the Marlowe family, beginning with the death of their son Matthew. As the tragedies mount, Alan starts to suspect Bonnie and fears he may be losing his grip on his sanity. After all, surely such a small, lovely, innocent child could not possibly be responsible for such horrors ... ? The classic first novel by Bernard Taylor, "The Godsend" (1976) earned widespread critical acclaim on its initial publication and was the basis for a 1980 film. This edition, the first in over twenty years, features a new introduction by Mary Danby. Taylor's "Sweetheart, Sweetheart" and "The Moorstone Sickness" are also available from Valancourt. "If you liked "The Exorcist," "The Other," and "Rosemary's Baby," The Godsend is for you!" - "Hartford Courant" ""The Godsend" is a splendidly readable and creepy story." - "Sunday Express" "A shocker . . . I enjoyed every horrid word of it." - "Daily Telegraph"

Elementals 2

Elementals 2 Author Michelle Madow
ISBN-10 0997239409
Year 2016-04-11
Pages 310
Language en
Publisher
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A DEMIGOD WHO CAN KILL WITH A TOUCH. IT'S AN ABILITY THAT MUST BE KEPT SECRET FROM EVERYONE, EVEN FROM THOSE TRUSTED MOST. Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It's a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she's had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle. Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra - ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve. The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they've encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it's up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers? Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world - or die trying.

Cities of the Plain

Cities of the Plain Author Cormac McCarthy
ISBN-10 9780330474733
Year 2010-12-10
Pages
Language en
Publisher Pan Macmillan
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Volume Three of the Border Trilogy In Cormac McCarthy's Cities of the Plain, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing beyond recognition. In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north by the military. On the southern horizon are the mountains of Mexico, where one of the men is drawn again and again, in this story of friendships and passion, to a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.

Art of Darkness

Art of Darkness Author Anne Williams
ISBN-10 0226899039
Year 2009-02-15
Pages 319
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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Art of Darkness is an ambitious attempt to describe the principles governing Gothic literature. Ranging across five centuries of fiction, drama, and verse—including tales as diverse as Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Shelley's Frankenstein, Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Freud's The Mysteries of Enlightenment—Anne Williams proposes three new premises: that Gothic is "poetic," not novelistic, in nature; that there are two parallel Gothic traditions, Male and Female; and that the Gothic and the Romantic represent a single literary tradition. Building on the psychoanalytic and feminist theory of Julia Kristeva, Williams argues that Gothic conventions such as the haunted castle and the family curse signify the fall of the patriarchal family; Gothic is therefore "poetic" in Kristeva's sense because it reveals those "others" most often identified with the female. Williams identifies distinct Male and Female Gothic traditions: In the Male plot, the protagonist faces a cruel, violent, and supernatural world, without hope of salvation. The Female plot, by contrast, asserts the power of the mind to comprehend a world which, though mysterious, is ultimately sensible. By showing how Coleridge and Keats used both Male and Female Gothic, Williams challenges accepted notions about gender and authorship among the Romantics. Lucidly and gracefully written, Art of Darkness alters our understanding of the Gothic tradition, of Romanticism, and of the relations between gender and genre in literary history.

The Blood of the Vampire

The Blood of the Vampire Author Florence Marryat
ISBN-10 9781906469160
Year 2010
Pages 215
Language en
Publisher Victorian Secrets
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This scholarly edition of Florence Marryat's 1897 novel includes a critical introduction by Greta Depledge, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes and contextual material on female sexuality, hysteria, race, eugenics, and the occult.

The Heart in Exile

The Heart in Exile Author Rodney Garland
ISBN-10 1941147127
Year 2014-05
Pages 242
Language en
Publisher
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"So effective is the author's treatment . . . that he manages to bring home in a remarkable manner the suffering of the homosexual. . . . It took real courage to write this story, plus a profound insight into human feelings and sensitivities." - Frank G. Slaughter, "New York Times" "A sad, serious first novel called "The Heart in Exile" cannot fairly be ignored. . . . Its detached picture of barren tragic love and desire in a furtive fantastic 'underground' sector of London can arouse no disgust but only a deep pity coupled with a new understanding." - Marghanita Laski, "The Observer" "An extremely important book." - "Truth" "A completely honest story of homosexual life in London. . . . It makes no attempt to defend or condemn. A well-written work." - John Betjeman, "Daily Telegraph" "Written with great competence." - Walter Allen, "New Statesman" Julian Leclerc, a handsome and talented young barrister, has been found dead of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills. The verdict is accidental death, but his fiancee, Ann Hewitt, suspects there's something more to the story. As the grieving woman recounts the details of Julian's tragic end to psychiatrist Dr. Tony Page, he listens with acute interest - but not for the reason she thinks. Years earlier, he and Julian had been lovers, and now, disturbed by the circumstances of his friend's demise, Tony sets out to uncover the truth. His quest will take him from the parties and pubs of the gay underworld of 1950s London to Scotland Yard and the House of Commons as he uses his shrewd and penetrating insight to find who or what was responsible for Julian's death. But he may discover more than he bargained for - about Julian, and himself. . . . First published in 1953, Rodney Garland's noir thriller "The Heart in Exile" is both a groundbreaking classic of gay fiction and the first gay detective story. Long unavailable, Garland's famous novel returns to print at last in this edition, which features a new introduction by Neil Bartlett."

Of Elephants and Toothaches

Of Elephants and Toothaches Author Eva Badowska
ISBN-10 9780823267101
Year 2016-06-15
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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This collection is the first to offer a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue, a ten-film cycle of modern tales that touch on the ethical dilemmas of the Ten Commandments. The cycle's deft handling of moral ambiguity and inventive technique established Kieslowski as a major international director. Kieslowski once said, "Both the deep believer and the habitual skeptic experience toothaches in exactly the same way." Of Elephants and Toothaches takes seriously the range of thought, from theological to skeptical, condensed in the cycle's quite human tales. Bringing together scholars of film, philosophy, literature, and several religions, the volume ranges from individual responsibility, to religion in modernity, to familial bonds, to human desire and material greed. It explores Kieslowski's cycle as it relentlessly solicits an ethical response that stimulates both inner disquiet and interpersonal dialogue.