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L'Ecole des filles ou la Philosophie des dames (1655) - Anonymous

L'Ecole des filles ou la Philosophie des dames (1655) - Anonymous [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

[T]he first classic of modern erotic literature, L'Ecole des filles of 1655. Highlighting a dialogue in which a mature woman initiates a younger one in the language of sexual pleasure, L'Ecole des filles set the standard that made Paris the capital not only of European taste, but also of European smut. --http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3612/is_200407/ai_n9457474 [Sept 2005]

March 5, 1688 – In England, Joseph Streater is arrested for printing "divers obscene and lasivious bookes, one called The School of Venus, another...a Dialogue between a Marridd Lady and a Maide." Benjamin Crayle is also arrested at the same time for selling "several obscene and lascivious bookes". Streater and Crayle are found guility only for The School of Venus. Streater is fined 40 shillings and Crayle is fined 20 shillings.

The School of Venus is an English translation of L'École des Filles, ou la Philosophie des dames (Paris: 1655) 'par A.D.P.'.....not to be confused with The School of Venus by Capt Alexander Smith (Morphew, 1715) or Edmund Curll's The School of Venus (second edition, 1739). --http://www.eroticabibliophile.com/censorship_history.html [Sept 2005]

See also: erotic fiction - 1600s

Euro Porn

One striking aspect of 17th- and 18th-century "Euro-porn" is the preponderance of female characters. Two early French works, L’Ecole des Filles, published in about 1655, and L’Academie des Dames (1680), were written as female dialogues — a literary device that was to be repeated many times over the next century in works such as John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure and the Marquis de Sade’s Juliette. --http://www.libidomag.com/nakedbrunch/europorn02.html [Sept 2004]

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