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 he rented a separate apartment to contain it. Within the well-appointed chambers of Gray's 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 Marchioness's Amorous Pastimes. And with exclusive access to Ashbee's diaries and his family's 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 subject's era, Gibson has created a telling and provocative portrait of a fascinating character and the no less intriguing age that made him possible.
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Ian Gibson lives in a village near Granada, Spain. His Federico García Lorca: A Life won numerous awards and was named a best book of the year by the New York Times and the Boston Globe.Review:
'Here is the lust that dare not speak its name: Victoria may not have been amused; but I guarantee that you'll be.' Sunday Express '[A] gripping, finely researched jewel of a book.' Sunday Times
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Descrizione libro Da Capo Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0306810646
Descrizione libro Da Capa, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. 1st Edition. Gibson, Ian. THE EROTOMANIAC: THE SECRET LIFE OF HENRY SPENCER ASHBEE. Cambridge, MA: Da Capa, c2001. First Edition. 285 pp. Index, appendix bibliography, b&w photographs. 8vo. New hardcover in d/w. Codice libro della libreria 49339
Descrizione libro Da Capo Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0306810646
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97803068106401.0
Descrizione libro Da Capo Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110306810646
Descrizione libro Da Capo Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0306810646 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1082798