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Venus in the Country Paperback – January 1, 1982


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Grove Pr; 1st Paperback Ed edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394624203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394624204
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,314,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have owned this book for years having stolen it from my father's dresser when I was a teenager. It is full of non-stop sexual encounters which seem to focus on the need to educate young maidens in the ways of the world. There is very little character development or plot development but if you are looking for raw sex the this is the book for you. The only truely disturbing part is an unusual reliance on incest. It all ends in a well described orgy at a country picnic. I find the fact that it was first published in 1895 to be facinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Rennie on August 27, 2012
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Venus in the Country
A Review by M. J. Rennie

Not until the United States Supreme Court invalidated most American censorship laws in the late 1960s did the classics of Victorian era erotica become available to a mass reading public. Before that time, erotic literature was only available abroad, or brought into the U. S. in smuggled editions.

Once the censorship walls came down, inexpensive paperback editions of many outstanding erotic works of the past were published, to be eagerly snapped up by young people hungry for entertainment more compelling than the bland fare offered by traditional American publishers.

The drawback was that to get your hands on one of these works, you usually had to get them from what was then called an "Adult Bookstore," where the clientele and the ambiance often left much to be desired.

VENUS IN THE COUNTRY is an outstanding example of one of the Victorian erotic classics most Americans were barred from reading for close to a century. The first edition to be published for a sizable audience was issued in 1982 by Barney Rosset's pioneering Grove Press as a Black Cat Edition.

Having read it back in the 1980s and the new Kindle edition recently, I once again came away as impressed and amused as ever.

Let us go back into the soft and gorgeous past that VENUS IN THE COUNTRY celebrates, a time where women wore hoop skirts and bustles, and fashionable male attire required a Prince Albert piercing. First published in 1895 by Members of the Society of Priapus, the author is listed as Anonymous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katikat62 on July 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the kind of book one finds in Dad's sock drawer, or in the garage under a box of car parts.
Compared to our modern morals, this is pretty outrageous behavior. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
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