From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Erotic memoirs is a subgenre of erotic literature. Famous examples are those of Brantome's Les Vies des Dames Galantes from the 16th century, Casanova's Histoire de ma vie from the eighteenth century, 'Walter's My Secret Life from the nineteenth, Frank Harris's My Life and Loves (1922-27) and Anais Nin's diaries (1966-74) from the twentieth century and Catherine Millet's The Sexual Life of Catherine M. (2001), One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed (2003) by Melissa Panarello, Toni Bentley's The Surrender : An Erotic Memoir (2004) and Feuchtgebiete (2008) by Charlotte Roche from the twenty-first.
Sensational journalism such as W.T. Stead's The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon (1885) about the procuring of underage girls into the brothels of Victorian London has also provided a stimulus for the erotic imagination. Stead's account was widely translated and the revelation of "padded rooms for the purpose of stifling the cries of the tortured victims of lust and brutality" and the symbolic figure of "The Minotaur of London" confirmed European observers worst imaginings about "Le vice anglais."
Numerous examples of erotic memoirs can be cited.
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