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Erotomaniac: The Secret Life Of Henry Spencer Ashbee Ian Gibson

Erotomaniac: The Secret Life Of Henry Spencer Ashbee

Ian Gibson

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ISBN : 9780306810640
Hardcover
320 pages
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Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834–1900) was a prosperous and respectable Victorian gentleman, a family man who counted among his many friends the celebrated adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton. But he was a gentleman with a secret—one so delicious that heMoreHenry Spencer Ashbee (1834–1900) was a prosperous and respectable Victorian gentleman, a family man who counted among his many friends the celebrated adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton. But he was a gentleman with a secret—one so delicious that he rented a separate apartment to contain it. Within the well-appointed chambers of Grays Inn, Ashbee concealed an astonishingly vast collection of erotica and pornography, thousands of volumes strong. Ian Gibson, the acclaimed biographer of Lorca and Dalí, now turns his attention to the hitherto little-known Ashbee, a man who happily supported his wife and four children but spent his spare time meticulously cataloguing such risqué titles as Miss Bellasis Birched for Thieving and The Marchionesss Amorous Pastimes. And with exclusive access to Ashbees diaries and his familys archives, Gibson has uncovered evidence that Ashbee may himself have been the author of the notorious My Secret Life —the true autobiography of an unnamed Victorian gentleman and his sexual adventures. With his celebrated touch for evoking both his subject and his subjects era, Gibson has created a telling and provocative portrait of a fascinating character and the no less intriguing age that made him possible.