The Pearl (magazine)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Pearl: A Journal of Facetiae and Voluptuous Reading was a perodical dedicated to erotic tales. Published in London between 1879 to 1880, when they were forced to shut down by the authorities for publishing rude and obscene literature.
Rosa Coote is a character from the magazine. She is a boarder at a school where most of the mistresses and girls spend their off-duty hours beating and whipping each other. When she leaves school, she sets up house in a suburb of London and continues beating and whipping her friends and servants.
- "The object of the writers of the above tales—for they are certainly not all by one hand—would seem to be to cluster together the greatest amount of filth possible, unrelieved by a sparkle of wit. Scenes follow fast upon each other as cruel and as crapulous as any to be found in Justine or La Philosophie dans le Boudoir, and, it must be owned, far more pernicious, for the enormities in those works are generally enacted in unfrequented forests, in imaginary châteaux, in unknown convents, or in impossible caverns, whereas in the tales before us they are brought close home to us, and occur in Belgravian drawing-rooms, the chambers of our Inns of Court or in the back parlours of London shop-keepers."
- In the comic The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Rosa Coote appears in the second chapter, where the students at her school are being raped by the Invisible Man.
- "The Pearl", Anonymous, Ballantine Books, (1996) ISBN 0-345-41004-1