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For a historical timeline of artists, theorists and writers focused on erotica, see the timeline of erotica page. [Jul 2006]

Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), photo unidentified


Excessive sexual desire. --AHD

The term erotomania is sometimes used in a less specific clinical sense meaning excessive pursuit of or preoccupation with love or sex. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotomania#Contemporary_syndrome [May 2005]

List of erotomaniacs

The List of people who are or have been excessively interested in erotica and sexuality in visual arts, photography, publishing, film, literature and theory has moved to here.


Hypersexuality is an abnormally heightened level of sexuality.

Nymphomania is the name of what was believed to be a psychological disorder peculiar to women characterized by an overactive libido and an obsession with sex. In men the disorder was called satyriasis (for etymology of the words, see nymph and satyr). As with all psychological disorders, it is only considered an illness if it is sufficient to prevent the sufferer from living a normal life.

As with many other things, sex drive varies widely, and what one person would consider a normal sex drive would be considered excessive by some, and low by others. However, a sex drive so strong that it prevents one living a normal life is excessive by any standards.

Nymphomania is no longer listed as a specific disorder in the DSM-IV, although hypersexuality in either sex can be viewed as a symptom of other disorders, such as bipolar disorder. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypersexuality [Aug 2004]

Etymology of erotomaniac

Erotomaniac "one driven mad by passionate love" (sometimes also used in the sense of "nymphomaniac") is from 1858. --Douglas Harper via http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=erotica&searchmode=none [May 2005]

A Chronology of People (1800 - 1960)

by Sheryl Straight

Focuses on the artists, distributors, writers, with an emphasis on BDSM. http://www.eroticabibliophile.com/people19.html [Sept 2004]


Datenschlag Chronicle of Sadomasochismus. http://www.Datenschlag.org.
Fraxi, Pisanus [Henry Spenceer Ashbee]. Bibliography of Prohibited Books. London: Jack Brussel, 1962.
Gibson, Ian. The Erotomaniac. Da Capo Press, 2001.
Kearney, Patrick. A History of Erotic Literature. Macmillan, 1984.
Kinsey Institute. http://www.kinseyinstitute.org
Magnus-Hirschfeld Archive for Sexuality. http://www2.rz.hu-berlin.de/sexology/
Marchand, Henry. The French Pornographers. Book Awards, 1965.
Mendes, Peter. Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English 1800-1930. Scolar Press, 1998
Straight, Sheryl at http://www.eroticabibliophile.com/people19.html

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