Erotica: An Illustrated Anthology of Sexual Art and Literature (I)

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Erotica: An Illustrated Anthology of Sexual Art and Literature (I), by William Wallace & Charlotte Hill (Amazon, Goodreads)

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To a more cultured/discerning mind, erotica isn’t “literate porn” that’s cheap and obscene and meant to generate profits via arousal in the reader.

I like to promote quality erotica (where artistic aspects are a factor, which means beauty and/or some level of substance are inclusive), and this book is one of the best that I have (covers both visual art and erotic literature).

And I’d recommend this anthology to anyone interested in being introduced to the world of erotic art!

This book was/is worth every penny — the best parts of the book are:

1) the blend/presentation of pieces of erotic art, alongside excerpts of the finest literary erotica in the history of publishing/the written word

2) the scope of the selected works (which span over 2000 years of both Eastern and Western cultures)

I have a few other erotic anthologies (which are mostly either art, or textually-focused), and this is the one that I repeatedly re-read and/or go back to. It’s an excellent resource book (if you’re wondering which “great erotic author to check out next”), and there have been several times where I can attribute first seeing/knowing about a particular piece of sexual art to this book [such as “a Chinese nineteenth-century rosewood toilet box (with eleven concealed miniatures),” “Coloured wood-cuts by Utamaro,” “(the very beautiful) charcoal drawings by the artist known as ‘AL'”].

All of the paintings are erotic/sensual, as opposed to pornographic/degrading (with regards to both sexes in all sorts of sexual positions/situations). In this way, they are more representative/interpretative than offensive (and they’re certainly not offensive in an aesthetic sense).

The book is exactly what its subtitle says: “An Illustrated Anthology of Sexual Art and Literature.” I may have suggested adding the adjective “Fine,” before “Sexual Art and Literature,” if I were part of the editorial board for this anthology. I’d even have considered calling it “The Definitive” anthology/edition (…of Sexual Art & Literature) :)!

Books II and III in this series feature more visuals and prose that stimulate, educate, amuse, and engage. The authors/editors have exquisite taste, which shows in the selections they have included in this first anthology. I hope to check out the other two books in the series sometime in the near future.

P.S. In my “preview post,” WP repeated the first paragraph at the end of the post. I’ll leave the repeated section for emphasis, which is:

To a more cultured/discerning mind, erotica isn’t “literate porn” that’s cheap and obscene and meant to generate profits via arousal in the reader.

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2 thoughts on “Erotica: An Illustrated Anthology of Sexual Art and Literature (I)

  1. Some of the artists whose drawings/artwork is in the compilation:

    Louis Morin (19th century Belgian artist)
    Joseph Ortloff (Viennese artist)
    Utamaro Utagawa (1753-1806)
    Leon Richet (French artist)
    Lovis Corinth (1858-1925)

    Many of the works can’t be found online (!), but here are two I managed to find:

    Illustration by Mihály Zichy (1827-1906)

    Drawing by German artist Franz von Bayros

    And thanks for the link to that recent anthology too — erotic art will always allure! :)

    * UPDATE (2013): I’ve compiled a short list of erotic art books I’ve enjoyed here: (Quality Art Books).

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