Every generation thinks that they invented sex but these classic works of literature, one from as early as 1748, show that there’s more to erotica than whips and chains. Now considered fine examples of high-brow literature most of these books were banned on release due to the effect they might have on public morals.
Read on for 5 of the raunchiest passages from classic literature.
We’re in chapter 10 of Lady Chatterley’s lover here and our protagonists, unhappy aristocrat Connie and her gamekeeper Mellors are in the woods. First published privately in 1928, D.H. Lawrence’s notorious erotic tale was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1960 when Penguin tried to publish an uncensored version in the UK. You’re going to have to read the whole book to find out why.
Also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Fanny Hill was first published in 1748 and is thought to be the first example of prose pornography in the English language. Now considered a classic, Fanny Hill is famous for passages like this one where Fanny Hill describes, well, you know what she’s describing, in great depth. And girth, apparently.
Before True Blood, before Twilight, before even Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bram Stoker gave the world Count Dracula, the Transylvanian vampire with only one thing on his mind. Written in 1897, Dracula was not considered erotic enough to ban and famously adapted in 1922 into the film Nosferatu.
Too long to quote in one go, this passage is the final section of a 50 page long stream of consciousness from Molly, Leopold Bloom’s wife, during which she describes her carnal desires. Considered one of the most controversial books of the 20th century, it was Ulysses masturbation scene that landed it at obscenity trial in the 1920s.
The ultimate book of seduction, Dangerous Liasons or Les Liaisons dangereuses is a book composed entirely of letters between aristocratic former lovers who use sex as a weapon to degrade. Although light on the erotica, this novel is highly suggestive and was considered immoral at the time of its release. Yes, even in France.