The Way of a Man with a Maid  

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The Way of a Man with a Maid published in 1908 by 'Anon' is a work of Victorian erotica. The story concerns the forcible seduction of a girl called Alice by a Victorian gentleman called Jack, who has converted one of the rooms in his house into a kind of erotic torture chamber called 'the Snuggery'. Although the book is quite perverse, containing scenes of bondage, whipping and lesbianism, plus odd things done with feathers, it has a strangely quirky sense of humour. It was adapted as a film entitled Confessions of a Swedish Butler (1975) starring Sue Longhurst as Alice and Ole Soltoft as Jack.

The novel was published by Olympia Press during one of the firm's later incarnations. The book is sometimes known as "Man With a Maid." There's also a Christian marriage guide which shares the same title.

From Olympia Press

A Man With A Maid tells the story of Jack, a Victorian gentleman, who plots sweet revenge on the fiancee who jilts him, not to mention her maid, a close friend, and his rival's mother-in-law. Setting up residence in the 'Snuggery,' once the soundproof "mad room" of an insane asylum, he subjects Alice and the rest of his female company to bondage and orgiastic sexuality, dealing out both pleasure and pain in exacting revenge.

ISBN 1596540443


Simon Sheridan Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema. Reynolds and Hearn books.

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