Collected Erotica, The: An Illustrated Celebration of Human Sexuality Through the Ages (Erotic Art) Reviews
July 14th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Collected Erotica, The: An Illustrated Celebration of Human Sexuality Through the Ages (Erotic Art)

This fabulous volume presents the very best examples of sexual art and literature, spanning 2,000 years and sourced from both the East and the West. The array of writers is dazzling and the scope enormous. The art features paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs. The collection samples a wide range of cultures, tastes and attitudes, but the themes are always entertaining, exciting and enjoyable. After all, sex is too important to be taken seriously.

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  • Lacy Renee' "aspiring author" writes:
    July 14th, 20113:58 amat
    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    pure art, March 28, 2007
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    I was expecting a naughty little secrete I could tuck in my bedside table and pull out to ease some late night aches; and what I got was a lovey, classy book of art. What a nice suprise. This book is no more a naughty, dirty peek-a-boo than Michalangelo’s David is. I’m facinated by the evolutions of the paintings and drawings as well as the different flavors represented from one country to the next. And being an amateur photographer I’m thrilled with the photos! Oh, and the written work in this book is like an x-rated walk thru history! Love it Love it!!

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  • Dan E. Nicholas "gotta have a book" writes:
    July 14th, 20114:21 amat
    6 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Life Force celebrated in words and pictures, October 4, 2009
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    Dan E. Nicholas “gotta have a book” (Scotts Valley, California, USA) –
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    UK editors Charlotte M. Hill and William Wallace have produced a delightfully naughty sampling of tasteful highlights in erotic art and writing through the ages. (A short version of the longer Carroll and Graf 1992, ’93, `96 three volume set: Erotica.) If you paid attention in art appreciation 101 and you like history–and you’re sex positive to boot–you’ll want to own this book. It brings together two thousand classical years of art and literature on all maters of the body and love and human sexuality. Sidebars are filled with images and poetry and clips that entertain, inspire and inform.

    The anthology offers tidbits and highlights like the impact of the censorship trials (Lawrence-Lady Chatterley; Cleland-Fanny Hill; Miller-Tropic of Cancer) and our move from a day when you could not find a single title on erotic anything at Barnes and Noble. Now there’s a full floor to ceiling section in every bookstore devoted to erotica. So, the life force is getting some air time. Good. And, as to context, I’ve always had a love for the stories behind banned books.

    Not much is written about editors Wallace and Hill of the UK. Mysteriously few reviews are out there either on their collected 2007 anthology or the earlier work. Yet their book goes a long way to help us embrace a broader scope of the human mind, soul, heart and sex, all being somehow wired together in a divine human mystery. Acknowledged as well is our dark side.

    But will you be brave enough to leave the book on your coffee table at home? Hard to say. Seems to me sex and religion and politics are the first things we should discuss at dinner parties. But then, I don’t get invited out much. As to risk taking, I think I’m better for the exposure courtesy of Hill and Wallace. I’ve read at least one book I learned about through their sidebars. (I’m richer for meeting Frank Harris on the written page. My Life and Loves, a 1925 autobiography and erotic classic, once banned in the US and UK and the first purchase you’d make back then when arriving in Paris on business.)

    Anais Nin, Miller, Parisian postcards, Erica Jong–Anthony Comstock would not be pleased here. You might ask, “Is this stuff porn?” Heavens no. Porn is what your neighbor reads because he doesn’t have a college education. This is erotica.

    But who cares about labels. Eros has now been invited into the mainstream, touching us where we live and read and make love: in theology, (Confessions), philosophy (Symposium), psychology (“sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”) and the art we consume with our eyes. We just can’t afford to be prudes and brush off erotic books and art anymore. They mean something. A big something evidently.

    So, you want just one inspiring, libido and brain teasing thinking man/woman’s volume to put on your lamp stand as a Valentine Day gift to your beloved? This is it. Seriously partnered couples could use this as a discussion starter or motor starter. Coffee table is best, if you can risk the delightful Gilles Berquet nude on the cover. In two months I’ve not tired of the image. Life force indeed.

    This is a book about celebrating 2,000 plus years of what moves us forward and what it means to still be doing it and doing it with all our artsy hearts. Warning: Your church people friends might not like this book. Place it on the coffee table anyway. To quote Nietzsche, “The problem with heaven is that none of the interesting people are there.” You just might help them become, well, interesting.

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  • Anonymous writes:
    July 14th, 20114:53 amat
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    worth buying just for the pictures, July 6, 2011
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    This book contains really beautiful and interesting illustrations. I really appreciate the variety of body types and styles. My boyfriend and friends also enjoying looking at the pictures. I haven’t had a time to read it yet, but I would like to.

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