When Passion Reigned: Sex and the Victorians

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BasicBooks, 1995 - Great Britain - 209 pages
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Patricia Anderson argues that far from being the prudes of modern legend, the Victorians were avidly engaged in the erotic side of life. They were, Anderson boldly proclaims, actually sexier than we are, despite the sexual revolution. When Passion Reigned evokes an era utterly different from our own: a time when sexuality was carefully nurtured rather than exploited, a time when passion was a quiet but constant and visible presence. Drawing upon many previously untapped Victorian sources - advertisements, valentines, and songs, as well as poetry and romances once widely read but now mostly forgotten - Anderson reveals the pervasiveness of the erotic in everyday Victorian life. It was the stuff of popular fiction and poetry, the heart of fashion in clothing and underclothing, the driving force in courtship rituals, and even the central attraction of the ever-present Victorian parlor piano. Its traces remain in the pages of old romances, in the lyrics of music hall songs, and in once private diaries and love letters.

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User Review  - Catherine Siemann - Goodreads

A good introduction for someone with no special knowledge in the field; nothing unusual or unexpected for someone who's studied Victorian culture. Read full review

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User Review  - Portia Costa - Goodreads

Very much enjoyed this book. It shows evidence to the effect that most average Victorians were passionate and erotically aware,and not the disapproving prudes they're often portrayed as. They just ... Read full review



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About the author (1995)

Patricia Anderson has hosted radio interview shows, written and produced programming for National Public Radio and PBS, and worked in television news. She has contributed to numerous magazines and periodicals, and is the author of Affairs in Order: A Complete Resource Guide to Death and Dying. She lives and works in upstate New York.

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