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Novels: Notes from Underground (1864) - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Charles Baudelaire meets Félicien Rops

Charles Baudelaire meets Félicien Rops in Brussels.

Pornography first attested in an English dictionary

The 1864 edition of Webster's Dictionary defined pornography as "licentious painting employed to decorate the walls of rooms sacred to bacchanalian orgies, examples of which exist in Pompeii." --Walter Kendrick, 1987

See also: pornography

Roger Casement

1864, Sept. 1: Birth of Roger Casement in Ireland. In the course of British consular service, he exposed the atrocious conditions imposed on gatherers of wild rubber in the Congo and similar conditions in South America. He was knighted for his services. But, though an Ulster protestant, he became an ardent Irish nationalist. He was arrested and tried for treason. What sealed his doom was the admission as evidence of his diaries which recorded all of his sexual encounters, itemizing both the amount of the transaction (if the stud was for hire) and the size of his equipment. It made for sensational evidence in 1916: "Stanley Weeks, 20, stripped, huge one, circumcised; swelled and hung quite." "Enormous 19 about 7" and 4 thick; into me." Casement was hanged on Aug. 6, 1916, a martyr for more than Ireland. --http://www.leatherarchives.org/exhibits/deblase/timeline.htm [Aug 2004]

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