The worm in the bud: the world of Victorian sexuality

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Penguin, 1983 - Fiction - 672 pages
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"This classic book on Victorian hypocrisy reveals the other side of Victoria's Britain, and what really went on behind the lace curtains and aspidistras. Ronald Pearsall exposes, with thorough documentation, the bald facts of sex-life (approved and illicit) among the aristocracy, the middle class and poor in the nineteenth century. His curious record is honest, entertaining, and very humorous. It also reflects the conflicting values of the Victorian double standard - one is the very image of respectability, the other is an underground world in which repressions sought their outlet in depravity and licentiousness. In this book Ronald Pearsall introduces the reader to Ruskin and his unconsummated marriage, Swinburne and his predilection for flagellation, the cult of the corset, the flourishing trade in pornography and obscene photographs and orgies that took place under cover at sedate country houses."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - startingover - LibraryThing

Last night I finished reading Ronald Pearsall's The Worm in the Bud, his famous study of Victorian sexuality. Whilst there is lots of interesting information in the book, I had problems with the tone ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brenda Clough - Goodreads

This is a rag bag of a book, clearly designed for dipping into at intervals rather than reading from cover to cover. (The repetition of anecdotes proves it.) Since it is organized by theme rather than ... Read full review

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Introduction
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Part
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The Lesser Infortune
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