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Library Journal★ 01/01/2014
Ever wanted to read D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, but only the dirty parts? Or perhaps wondered what all the fuss is about in the TV miniseries Tipping the Velvet? This collection of erotic tales and excerpts spans centuries and seas, from nascent love in ancient Greece to supernatural trysts that make time stand still. British journalist and broadcaster Pelling shrewdly remarks in her preface on the academic value of what might be considered a thoroughly licentious endeavor: placing these seemingly disparate accounts of love and lust in one anthology creates an interesting commentary on the remarkable shifts in attitude toward certain kinds of love, and certain kinds of sex, throughout the years. VERDICT This collection might not appeal to the generic erotica crowd—some of the pieces are denser than others, and the diversity among the works guarantees an inconsistent style that might be jarring for those seeking a cohesive, sexy tale. However, this is a fantastic volume for fans of classic literature and classically written erotica. Recommended.